The APS Office of Private Sector Relations (OPSR), with support from APS Foundation, sponsors Plant Pathology Experiential Awards to promote career and research development experience and opportunities with organizations classified within industry and/or government. These awards were created in 2014 with seed funding from the Don and Judy Mathre Education Endowment and through the support of private sector companies.
- One award of $1,000 will be given on an annual basis to an individual graduate student or post-doctorate for funding in support of a short-term experience with a government or private organization to subsidize travel to the host organization.
- An additional award of $4,000 for travel subsidy will be given every two years to departments for funding in support of an on-site visit to one or multiple non-academic organizations.
The purpose of this award is to support professional development, learn about career opportunities and/or gain technical expertise in support of current research endeavors.