Mark your calendars! The application period for ROOT & SHOOT travel awards to attend 2024 plant meetings will open in September 2023. The program will launch with a panel discussion featuring some of the 2023 travel awardees who will talk about their experiences and answer your questions about the program. Completed applications will be due by November 10, 2023.

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 ROOT & SHOOT travel award program

The NSF-funded LEAPS: RCN: ROOT & SHOOT (Rooting Out Oppression Together and SHaring Our Outcomes Transparently) aims to transform plant science to become more equitable and inclusive. Part of this mission involves building strong connections with organizations that support people of marginalized identities, particularly members of SACNAS and MANRRS.

To this end, this project has funds to support a limited number of travel awards to help defray the costs of attending a plant-science conference (see below) for student/mentor pairs affiliated with SACNAS or MANRRS. Successful applicants will be reimbursed up to $3000 (per pair) for appropriate travel-related costs incurred by attending one of the designated plant science conferences. International travel is not eligible for reimbursement. 

The student should be a current undergraduate student, graduate student, or recent graduate. The mentor should be a person who serves in some capacity to support the academic progress of the student. Often the mentor will be a professor with whom the student conducts research, but the mentor can also be a postdoc or graduate student who supervises the student, or an instructor who has taught the student, or an academic advisor. All we ask is that the student and mentor are mutually supportive and that at least one of the pair is a member of either SACNAS or MANRRS.

The application period will open in September 2023 and close November 10, 2023. The application should be completed jointly by the student/mentor pair.

Eligible conferences that will be held in 2024 are listed below.

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