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.
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.
Individual Applicants (awarded annually): $1,000 Award
Who should apply: Graduate students and post-docs are invited to apply
What to expect: a short-term experience with a government or private institution outside of academia
Purpose of this award: to support professional development to learn about career opportunities and/or gain technical expertise in support of current research endeavors
How many awards are available: one award of $1,000 is available annually to subsidize travel to the host institution.
Departmental Applicants (awarded every 2 years): $4,000 Award available for 2022
- Who should apply: Academic research departments
- What to expect: a short-term experience for students and post-docs with a government or private institution outside of academia
- Purpose of this award: to enhance the awareness of business operations and potential career opportunities in institutions outside of academia
- How many awards are available: one award of $4,000 will be available in FY2022 to subsidize travel to the host institution(s)
- Other details: This award may contribute toward participation in the OPSR Private and Public Sectors Plant Pathology Tour when/if the tour takes place in the same year
All required application documents below must be combined into and submitted as one PDF document in the application linked below by March 15 of each year
Individual Award Requirements
- one-page essay describing the objectives, approximate dates, and expected outcomes of the experience
- applicant's current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- acknowledgement from the company or organization of the willingness to serve as host
- approval from the student and/or post-doctorate's advisor for the short-term visit to the host institution/company
Department Award Requirements
- One letter describing:
- the institution or company to be visited
- approximate visit dates
- estimated number of students/faculty/post-doctoral scientists/technical staff that might participate in the visit,
- how the experience will add value to the department
- One letter of approval from the head or chair of the university department for the visit
- One acknowledgement from the host organization of its willingness to accommodate a visit from that university department
Submissions for FY22 have closed.
Recipients are selected by a review committee that will evaluate applications based on merit of individual applicants as well as the quality and expected outcome of the proposed experience.
Individual and department applicants will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of members of the APS Office of Private Sector Relations and the APS Foundation.
Previous Award Recipients
2019: Annakay Diana Newell, Individual
2018: Shankar Shakya, Individual
2017: Mihir Mandal, Individual
2017: University of Georgia, Plant Pathology Department
2015: Louisiana State University, PPCP GSA Department
2015: Jade Florence, Individual
- $1,000 (Individual) awarded annually
- $4,000 (Departmental) awarded every two years