The Botanical Society of America (BSA) is
pleased to announce a new program entitled "Increasing
diversity at the annual Botanical Society of America
meeting," This program is supported by the National Science
Foundation (Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology
(UMEB) Program) and will provide financial and professional
assistance for 10 minority (African-Americans,
Hispanic-Americans, Native Americans/Alaskan Natives and persons
with disabilities) undergraduate research students to attend the
annual BSA meeting each year from 2003 -2006. The goal is to
integrate the students into the professional and social
activities of the conference by providing a supportive mentoring
network and sufficient orientation activities.
If you know of an eligible and deserving undergraduate who would benefit from this experience or if you would like to serve as a mentor, please contact:
Karen Renzaglia (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jeff Osborn (email@example.com ) by March 1, 2003.
A call for formal applications will be distributed early in 2003 and application guidelines will be made available on-line on the BSA and Botany 2003 Web sites. The deadline for applications will be April 1, 2003. This program is an important step towards strengthening the science workforce and utilizing the full range of intellectual talent from diverse ethnic and minority populations. We encourage and welcome your participation.