PAID trip to conference in France – apply by April 10th

SMBE Undergraduate Mentoring and Diversity TRAVEL Awards

2010 Annual meeting of the society for molecular biology and evolution

July 4-8, Lyon, France

CONFERENCE WEBSITE

http://smbe2010.univ-lyon1.fr/

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF NOMINATIONS/APPLICATIONS: April 10, 2010

Undergraduate students applying for these travel grants must be ready to present at a poster session at the conference.

Program outline

The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) is pleased to make available 10 awards for undergraduate students to participate in a Mentoring and Diversity Program. Five of these positions will be reserved for undergraduates from traditionally underrepresented groups in our scientific discipline.

The goals of this program are: (1) to provide students with the opportunity to experience the excitement of attending and presenting at an international scientific conference, (2) to foster enthusiasm for molecular biology and evolution as well as a possible career in this field, and (3) to promote diversity at the SMBE annual meeting.

To achieve these goals, each recipient of an SMBE Undergraduate Mentoring and Diversity Program Award will be paired with two mentors, one a senior graduate student and the other a postdoctoral fellow or faculty member. Mentors will serve as contact points for the students, attend some sessions with the students, and, more generally, explain the “goings-on” at a multi-day scientific conference in order to minimize the anxiety often felt by first-time conference attendees. The mentors will also facilitate connections to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty members.

Eligibility

Candidates must currently be enrolled as undergraduate students (Bachelor’s level degree) or have graduated within the last 6 months at the time of application. Some awards will be reserved for undergraduates from traditionally underrepresented groups in our scientific discipline.

Conference participation

Recipients of an SMBE Undergraduate Diversity Mentoring Program Award will be invited to present their research at a special reception/poster session attended by their mentors, supervisors and other interested conference participants.

AwardS

Ten awards will be given. Award recipients residing in Europe will receive US $1,000 to be used to help cover the cost of airfare, accommodation, and meeting registration. All other recipients will receive US $1,500. Each participant will also receive an online student subscription to the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution for the year of 2011.

Application

1. Faculty members may nominate undergraduates by sending a brief letter of recommendation and the abstract of the work to be presented at the poster session. The single PDF file should be sent to Dr. Dan Graur (dgraur[at]uh.edu).

OR

2. Students may apply for the award themselves by providing information on their background, academic status, the email address of their supervisor, and an abstract of the work to be presented at the poster session. The single PDF file should be sent to Dr. Dan Graur (dgraur[at]uh.edu).

traditionally underrepresented groups

Applications for one of the awards reserved for undergraduates from traditionally underrepresented groups should contain a brief statement of eligibility for these awards.

Deadline

The deadline for receipt of nominations/applications is April 10, 2010.

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