Undergraduate Diversity at Evolution 2017 Conference Travel Award

Please remind any undergraduate students to apply for our conference travel award that fully funds them to attend the annual Evolution meetings this June 23-27 in Portland, OR! The application deadline is March 31, 2017. Check out the details below and on our website. We are also looking for mentors (grad students, postdocs, faculty) for the program.

For the 14th year we will fund a cohort of domestic and international undergraduates to (1) present a poster at the meetings, (2) receive mentoring from graduate students, postdocs and faculty, and (3) participate in a career-oriented ‘Undergraduate Futures in Evolutionary Biology’ panel and discussion. The program is sponsored by SSE/BEACON and covers the costs of travel, registration, food and accommodation at the meetings. The application deadline is Friday, March 31st, and decisions will be announced by Friday, April 7th.

Applications are welcomed from all undergraduates, and the admissions goal is to create a diverse pool of students. An overview of the program and the online application can be found at: http://beacon-center.org/ude/. Applications consist of a short statement of interest, a letter of recommendation, and the title and abstract of the poster to be presented.

For inquires, please contact one of the organizers:
Alexa Warwick – awarwick@msu.edu
Richard Kliman – rmkliman@cedarcrest.edu
Scott Edwards – sedwards@fas.harvard.edu.

We are also looking for graduate students, postdocs and faculty members who would like to serve as mentors to undergraduate awardees during Evolution 2017 (June 23-27 in Portland, OR). Mentors meet with pairs of students and attend talks with them, introduce them to colleagues, network and generally make the meeting a welcoming place for them. Although costs are not covered for mentors it is an unusually rewarding experience. Mentors must be able to attend the introductions meet up on Friday, June 23, around 6:30PM. Contact Dr. Richard Kliman (rmkliman@cedarcrest.edu) if you are interested in serving as a mentor. You can also indicate your interest in mentoring via the conference registration form.

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