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​Lafayette Frederick Diversity in Mentoring Award​

​The Lafayette Frederick Diversity in Mentoring Award provides mentored experiences in plant pathology for students and postdocs from underrepresented minority groups, with the ultimate goal of increasing diversity in APS and the plant health community at large. 

  • ​Mentors applying for the award must be ​current members of the American Phytopathological​​​​ Society.

  • Mentors at any career stage are welcome to apply. 

  • Mentees can be undergraduates or graduate students intending to study in plant pathology, or postdoctoral scientists working in plant pathology. 

  • High school student mentoring will be considered on a special basis. 

  • Mentors can work with either individuals or groups.

Award applications are due yearly on March 15.​

Applicants to download therequired application form and upload this form ​when submitting their application online.

Submissions for the 2022 award have closed.

Applications will be reviewed and recommend​ed for funding by a panel consisting of an officer of APS Council, the chair of the APS graduate student committee or their committee designee, chair or vice-chair of the APS Committee on Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion or their committee member designee, and an officer of the APS Foundation Board of Directors. The panel’s evaluation of proposals will be guided by the goal of the Lafayette Frederick Award, i.e., how likely is the proposed activity to increase the number of practicing plant pathologists from underrepresented groups.​

Questions? Contact the APS Foundation Board​​.​​

​About the Award

  • Up to two awards of $1,000 each will be given​. 
  • Mentors should propose use of funds to directly support their mentees' experiences.
    • ​​Examples of fund use include, but are not limited to, supporting mentees' research projects, mentees' travel to a meeting or other institution, mentees' professional development training or training materials. ​​

Previous Award Recipients​

2022: Renata Belisario and Sara Thomas-Sharma

2021: Corri​ Hamilton and Tiffany Lowe-Power​

Established in 2020, the goal of the Lafayette Frederick Diversity in Mentoring Award is to increase the number of practicing plant pathologists from underrepresented groups​, particularly those from historically Black colleges and universities, 1890 land-grant institutions, Tribal colleges and universities (1994 land-grant institutions), and minority serving institutions. The award is designed to enable mentors and enhance the academic and professional experiences of mentees. Through encouragement of personal growth and support of experiential learning, the award seeks to introduce and attract mentees to the study of plant pathology, and ultimately to increase their representation within the plant pathology profession. Award funds can be used in a variety of ways to support mentoring efforts and ​mentees’ development. ​

Testimonials from former students and colleagues

Give to the Lafayette Frederick Diversity in Mentoring Fund

A fundraising goal of $100,000 has been set to endow this award. The APS Foundation and APS Council have pledged $20,000 each in matching funds, so the first $40,000 in donations will be dou​​bled. ​​​

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