Fwd: William L. Brown Plant Genetic Resources Fellowship

Susan Therese Meiers ST-Meiers at wiu.edu
Thu Sep 26 03:49:31 EST 2002


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William L. Brown Plant Genetic Resources Fellowship

The Missouri Botanical Garden invites applications from suitably qualified,
highly motivated graduates for the William L. Brown Plant Genetic Resources
Fellowship.  This fellowship supports graduate study in some aspect of
economic botany and plant genetic resources for students from South Asia.
Successful applicants will receive stipend and tuition support for 2 years
of M.S. study or 5 years of study towards a Ph.D.

The purpose of the William L. Brown Plant Genetic Resources Fellowship is to
educate botanists who will become active researchers and decision-makers in
their home countries.  The fellowship is designed to attract and support
individuals from South Asian countries who will return to their country or
region following graduation and make a significant difference in economic
botany and in the development, application, and conservation of plant
genetic resources.  To this end, fellowship recipients will be encouraged to
do thesis and dissertation research in South Asia.

Applicants for the William L. Brown Plant Genetic Resources Fellowship must
have a bachelor's degree in biology/plant sciences and be able to
demonstrate strong scientific and leadership potential in plant genetic
resources.  These fellowships are open to students from India, Pakistan,
Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Nepal.

The Missouri Botanical Garden offers a broad-based program of graduate
studies in botany in cooperation with Washington University and University
of Missouri-St. Louis. Students apply to and enroll at one of these
universities and complete the degree requirements of that school, but have
full access to the staff, facilities, laboratory, and research opportunities
available at the Garden. The exceptional faculties and programs at these
universities in plant systematics, population biology and genetics, ecology,
and molecular biology, combined with the excellent herbarium, library,
greenhouse facilities, and research staff at the Garden, make this a unique
and stimulating graduate program. The Garden's strong commitment to tropical
research provides students with outstanding opportunities for field-oriented
studies. Peter H. Raven, Director of the Garden, is Engelmann Professor of
Botany at Washington University, and many of the Curators are adjunct
faculty members at the participating universities.  Students may pursue
doctoral degrees at Washington University or masters or doctoral degrees at
University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Acceptance as a William L. Brown Fellow is dependent on admission to one of
the associated University graduate programs (note that GRE and TOEFL scores
are required).  A committee at the Missouri Botanical Garden will
subsequently review and select the William L. Brown Fellow from among those
applicants accepted by the universities.

Application deadlines are 15 December 2002.

In addition, a one-page essay on the applicant's research interests and
career goals is essential.  Interested students should apply directly to one
or both of the affiliated universities (see web applications below) and also
send a copy of their application(s) and one-page essay to:

Dr. James S. Miller
William L. Brown Curator of Economic Botany
Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, Missouri  63166-0299
USA

Applications for Washington University:
                Graduate Program in Evolutionary and Population Biology:
                <http://dbbs.wustl.edu/Programs/popbio1.html>
                Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences homepage:
                <http://dbbs.wustl.edu/>
Applications for University of Missouri-St. Louis:
                Biology Department homepage:
                <http://www.umsl.edu/~biology>
                M.S. and Ph.D. graduate program requirements:
                <http://www.umsl.edu/~biology/gradprogram/index.html>
Missouri Botanical Garden homepage:  <http://www.mobot.org>
If you require assistance with the application process, please contact the
Manager of Graduate Studies at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Dr. Mick
Richardson <mick.richardson at mobot.org.

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