[Arabidopsis] Science Conference Full Funding Opportunities- Paris, France- Students, postdocs, faculty

Joanna Friesner via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by jdfriesner from ucdavis.edu)
Thu Jan 22 12:32:24 EST 2015

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce an exciting career-building and professional growth
opportunity for groups underrepresented in science in the US, and for
faculty that teach at federally-designated HBCUs/1890s/MSUIs, and TCUs.

The North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee (NAASC) has raised funds
from the National Science Foundation to fully fund up to 7 US students,
postdocs and faculty to attend the International Conference on Arabidopsis
Research in Paris, France this July.

Each year NAASC, a group of volunteer North American professors, raises
funds to send under-represented minorities (URM) and early-career
researchers (ECR) from the US to the meetings (and every 3rd year we
organize the ICAR in North America. ICAR 2014 was in Vancouver, Canada. ICAR
2017 is expected to be in the US.)

ICAR 2015 will be in Paris, France
<http://www.arabidopsisconference2015.org/>  from July 5-9 and the funding
application deadline is March 6th, 2015
<http://www.arabidopsisinformatics.org/icar2015/> .

Full funding application information is posted at:
* Key Goals for this funding: Establish a URM awardee-networking cohort
within the Arabidopsis community and facilitate communication amongst them
after ICAR. Help URMs gain experience with essential skills including career
options in science, funding opportunities and presenting themselves and
their work well, while engaging with new people and cultures.
* NAASC has administered this NSF funding annually since 2004 and over 65 US
individuals (URMs and/or faculty that teach at minority-serving
institutions) have benefited from the experience.
* Our committee will organize a Networking meal in Paris with the cohort and
several faculty members.
* The committee's coordinator will assist awardees with registration and
lodging, and help with information and resources.
* URMs that study and work at at MSIs/ HBCUs/ TCUs/ 1890s that do NOT have
dedicated Plant Biology majors or emphases may still apply if they are in
Biology programs and can demonstrate on their application their interest in
Plant Biology and participating in the international community of plant
I ask you to please convey these unique opportunities to your colleagues in
your Biology departments, as well as to any URM networks you are part of.
This is an exciting academic and personal growth opportunity for students,
postdocs, and faculty to attend this conference with full funding provided
by NAASC and NSF.

Funding Categories:
(1) We plan to fund up to 7 URMs and/or faculty that teach at US
federally-designated Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI), Tribal Colleges
and Universities (TCUs),  Historically Black Colleges and Universities
(HBCU), and 1890 Institutions, and who are directly supporting the education
and professional development of students or postdocs in under-represented

(2) We also will fund up to 10 partial travel awards of $1,000 each to
non-URMs that are US citizens or permanent residents and that work/study at
US institutions.

Thank you all for sharing this opportunities broadly.
Joanna Friesner Ph.D.
NAASC Coordinator
UC Davis
Jdfriesner from ucdavis.edu

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