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ASPB 2020 Sharon Gray Women's Young Investigator Travel Award (WYITA)


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ASPB is now accepting applications via electronic submission for the Sharon Gray Women’s Young Investigator Travel Awards to attend Plant Biology 2020, which will be held this year in Washington, DC from July 25-29, 2020. Sharon Gray had a passion for and commitment to mentoring women in science. By naming the WYITAs for Sharon, we honor her contributions and seek to continue her legacy. The goal of the program is to increase attendance of early-career female investigators who are within the first five years of their appointment in academic faculty-level positions, government research positions, or industry research scientist positions, as well as experienced postdocs. Awardees must hold positions at an academic, industrial, or government institution. The Society with support from a fund established in memory of Sharon Gray has allotted $8000 to be given out in increments of $1000 for this program.

ELIGIBILTY: (Eligible women must meet these criteria)

  •   Must be members of ASPB. (Applicants may reside outside the U.S.)
  •   Must currently be in one of the following categories:
  •   Academic faculty member (within first 5 years of appointment)
  •   Government member (within first 5 years of appointment)
  •   Industry member (within first 5 years of appointment)
  •   Experienced post-doctoral researcher with at least three consecutive years of research in their field (seeking to obtain an independent position)

SUBMISSION: (omission of one of these components will make your submission ineligible)

Applicants must submit:

  1. an abstract of research to be presented at the meeting
  2. a one page personal statement that:
    1. explains why the applicant’s travel should be supported by ASPB and what outcomes are anticipated from attendance
    2. delineates professional obligations in current role
    3. defines alternate potential sources of travel funds
  3. a two page curriculum vitae in NSF format.

Selection criteria will be based on the science and the quality of the abstract relative to the amount of time as a young investigator, and on financial need. Applications and supporting materials must be submitted electronically by Wednesday, December 11, 2019 (11:59 p.m. ET). Applicants who are selected to receive a grant will be notified by email by January 22, 2020.

Please Note:

  • All WYITA recipients will receive the early-bird registration rate.
  • Grant checks will not be issued until the awardee has registered for the ASPB annual meeting.
  • Should unforeseen events prevent an awardee from attending the meeting, the awardee must notify Sylvia Lee immediately and return the award so that another applicant can use the award to attend the meeting.​

Awardees are encouraged to register and secure housing for Plant Biology 2020 well in advance of the early-bird deadline.