Please share with interested colleagues for full funding to attend the
Arabidopsis conference this June in Sydney, Australia.
Under-represented Minority Funding for the 24th Arabidopsis Conference
June 24- 28, 2013: Sydney, Australia
U.S. Applicants ONLY are eligible.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2013
Award Background Information:
The North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee (NAASC) has applied to
the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) for funding to aid
students/researchers from U.S. institutions that are members of
under-represented minority groups and/or faculty from federally-designated
U.S. Minority-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and
Universities, and 1890 Institutions.
Depending on funding,NAASC will provide up to 8 awards to support
participation in the 24th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research
(http://www.sallyjayconferences.com.au/icar2013/). On behalf of the entire
community, we thank the NSF for their generous continuing support.
Awards have a defined budget to cover early-bird registration (must
register by March 1), economy accommodations, economy travel expenses, and
non-conference meals (if budget
Applicants must be full-time U.S. plant biologists in these categories:
graduate students, postdoctoral scholars or faculty.
Applicants must also be an under-represented minority (as defined in this
application) OR a faculty member at federally-designated institutions.
Minorities must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. while
faculty applicants from federally-designated Minority Serving
Institutions, Historically Black Colleges/Universities, or 1890
Institutions are not required to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
(nor are they required to be under-represented minorities.)
*Individuals may receive this award no more than twice.
Ethnic groups defined as significantly under-represented in advanced
levels of science:
Include Native Americans (American Indians and Alaskan Natives),
African-Americans, Hispanics (of Central or South American descent), and
Native Pacific Islanders (e.g. Native Hawaiians, Samoans).
*Note: members of NSF 2010-funded labs are not eligible for funding.
Selection Criteria: (1) Curriculum Vitae, (2) faculty recommendation
letter (not required for faculty applicants), (3) ethnic and gender
diversity, (4) whether the applicant has received funds from NAASC before,
(5) statement about how attending the meeting will impact the applicant¹s
research and/or career.
Applications must be received by email by February 1. Applicants will be
notified of decisions by February 22. Travel costs will be reimbursed
after the conclusion of the meeting (original receipts and itineraries
must be submitted before reimbursements can be given to comply with NSF
requirements). Awards are a set dollar amount that should be sufficient to
cover economy-meeting costs. Selected recipients will be given budget
details, and will need to confirm their acceptance of the award.
Notifications will be sent to ALL applicants (including those not
selected) by 7 days before the reduced registration fee deadline (March 1)
so you may register at the lower cost even if your application is not
Submit the application as one emailed file (recommendation letter may be
Awards cover the cost of reduced rate early registration only; the early
deadline is March 1, 2013. If you
fail to register by this date, reimbursement will be only for the price of
the reduced registration fee.
Application Directions and List of Required Items
Completed applications must be received by February 1, 2013 in one PDF or
(NOT as separate files) by Dr. Joanna Friesner, NAASC Coordinator
(jdfriesner from gmail.com).
*Incomplete or incorrect applications will not be considered
*Advisor¹s letter of recommendation, if required, may be emailed
separately (must include applicant name)
*Note: IF YOU DON¹T RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL WITHIN 2 DAYS OF SENDING
YOUR APPLICATION, YOU SHOULD RE-SEND IT TO BE SURE IT DIDN¹T GET LOST IN
A complete application must include:
1. Completed Minority Award Cover Letter (see below for details on
what to include)
2. Brief Curriculum Vitae (1-3 pages maximum which must include
undergraduate, graduate education, degree
attainment, and professional appointments, and should include
awards/fellowships, scientific presentations given, relevant activities
and up to 5 recent publications
3. Advisor¹s Letter of Recommendation (not required for faculty
4. Brief paragraph (up to 250 words) describing why attending the ICAR
is important to you/your career
5. Current and pending support (faculty only)
6. If appropriate, title and abstract of proposed presentation at the
Minority Award Cover Letter must include this information:
(1) Applicant Name (First name, Last name):
where you can be reached:
City: State: Zip Code: Country: US ONLY
Indicate your status: Graduate Student, Postdoctoral researcher, Faculty
Applicant¹s Telephone #:
Applicant¹s Email address:
Advisor/Nominating Faculty Name (not required for faculty applicants):
Advisor/Nominating Faculty email address:
(2) To be eligible for funding indicate your qualifying status:
Faculty applicants: (a) your institution is a Historically Black College
or University; a Minority-Serving Institution (including Tribal
College); an 1890 Land Grant Institution, or NONE of these¹ and (b) your
under-represented minority status, if applicable: Native American
(American Indians and Alaskan
Natives); African American; Hispanic (of Central or South American
descent); Native Asian Pacific Islander; or NOT under-represented.¹
*Note: faculty must qualify by either teaching at an under-represented
institution, or be an under-represented minority. Faculty applicants do
not have to qualify by both categories.
Students and postdocs only qualify as an under-represented minority, as
defined below; AND you must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the
Indicate your status as: Native American (American Indians and Alaskan
Natives); African American; Hispanic (of Central or South American
descent); or Native Asian Pacific Islander (includes Native Hawaiians,
Samoan; does NOT include: Japan, China, India, Korea, etc.)
(3) Have you previously received travel support from the NAASC to attend
the International Conference on Arabidopsis Research/Arabidopsis meeting?
Yes or No. (if yes, what year/location?)
(4) Please provide the following: Gender: Male or Female
(5) List your country of legal citizenship:
(6) Please read and indicate on your cover letter that you acknowledge
these requirements (incomplete applications will not be considered):
(a) I understand that I must have a valid passport and a visitor visa or
travel authority to enter Australia
(Check this URL:
and visas may take several months to acquire. Once you register for the
meeting, you may request an invitation letter (from ICAR 2013 organizers).
Passport and visa costs (if required) are the responsibility of the
applicant.You may wish to wait to apply for a passport until you¹ve
received notice of award status.
(b) I acknowledge that if I am unable to attend the meeting due to lack of
travel documentation, or any other reason, I will not receive minority
(c) I understand that awards cover the cost of early-bird registration¹
only and I must register by March 1, 2013 to receive the discounted price.
Failure to register on time will require that awardees pay the difference
in registration costs themselves.
(d) I understand that for air travel, only U.S.-owned (flag) carrier are
eligible for airfare reimbursement.
Joanna Friesner, NAASC Coordinator: jdfriesner from gmail.com