Reminder: Travel Awards to Arabidopsis X, Melbourne

Charles S. Gasser csgasser at
Sat May 22 11:16:49 EST 1999

A reminder to get your applications in.  Deadline for meeting registration
is May 24 (Australia time!  Remember they can be one day ahead!)
Deadline for travel funding applications:  May 28, 1999.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 28, 1999.  Decisions to be made as soon as
possible thereafter.

Purpose:  The North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee (NAASC) has
applied for and received a grant of $30,000 from the National Science
Foundation to aid junior researchers from U. S. labs to attend the Tenth
International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (Arabidopsis X).  On
behalf of the whole community, we thank the NSF for this generous
investment in training, and information interchange.

Using these funds, the NAASC will provide at least thirty awards of from
$500 - $1000 to help defray the costs of travel to the meeting. Note that
receiving one of these awards cannot be a prerequisite of applying to and
participating in Arabidopsis X.  Since these awards by themselves will be
insufficient to pay for the entire meeting, other funds must be available
to the applicants to either defray these additional costs, or to pay for
the entire meeting if no award is received.  Awards will be announced well
before the meeting, but will be paid as reimbursements to awardees
following return from the meeting.

Eligibility:  Awardees must be full-time researchers in laboratories in the
United States (citizenship/permanent residency is not required, but you
must be a legal resident or legal visitor to the US).  Only graduate
students, postdoctoral researchers and junior PIs (in the first 2 years of
an academic appointment) will be considered for funding.  To apply for
funding you MUST have submitted an abstract to the meeting.

Application Process:

A. Register for the Conference, including submission of an abstract for a
poster presentation at:

B. Submit the following information via E-mail to csgasser at
The information should in a single file attached to an E-mail message
(Binhex encoding preferred).  The file must be in MSWord or, preferably,
PDF format.  Include the information in the body of the E-mail message, in
case there is a problem with your attachment.  Ability to correctly follow
instructions will be an important consideration in award decisions!!!!

1. Name, position, affiliation, address, e-mail, phone, FAX
2. Title and abstract of proposed presentation at the meeting
3. Citations of up to three recent publications
4. Declaration that the applicant has a source additional funds to attend
Arabidopsis X independently of a travel award.
5. Statement of 200 words or less providing other information on why the
applicant should be selected for an award.  (Note: Financial hardship is
not a criterion).
6. To encourage diversity in meeting attendance, membership in an ethnic
group underrepresented in the biological sciences will also be considered.
At the applicant's discretion, statement of membership in such a group may
be included in the application.
7. For reporting purposes only, we also request that you state your gender
in the application.

C. If you are not a PI, have your PI send a brief letter supporting your
attendance at the meeting, and confirming any additional financial support
you list in B3 above that she/he may be responsible for, to
csgasser at  This letter must be in the body of an E-mail message.

Questions concerning the program should be addressed to: Charles Gasser
(csgasser at

Charles S. Gasser for the NAASC:
csgasser at

Kathryn Barton (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Jeff Dangl (University of North Carolina)
Charles Gasser (University of California, Davis)
Mary Lou Guerinot (Dartmouth)
Steve Kay (Scripps Research Institute)
Detlef Weigel (Salk Institute)

Charles S. Gasser, Ph.D.
Section of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of California
1 Shields Ave.
Davis, CA  95616

csgasser at
Tel. 530 752-1013
FAX 530 752-3085

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