The ROOT & SHOOT RCN has funds to support two student/early career scientists to attend MANRRS’ 38th Annual Conference and Career Expo March 20-24, 2024 in Chicago, IL.

We ask that these volunteers spend time staffing the ROOT & SHOOT booth, answering questions about the RCN, the affiliated professional societies, and sharing opportunities to get involved. You can learn more about ROOT & SHOOT’s previous exhibit booth on our blog.

The exhibit hall will be open Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22. Volunteers should plan to spend 1-2 hours at the booth during set-up on Thursday and staff at the booth from open to close on Friday (approximately noon-5pm).

ROOT & SHOOT will cover travel, lodging, meals, and other allowable expenses affiliated with attending the conference, as well as provide a stipend for the volunteer’s time. Two things to note:

  • ROOT & SHOOT will cover three nights of hotel (Wednesday – Saturday). Additional hotel nights will be at the participant’s expense.
  • We will also cover an exhibitor registration, which is limited to the exhibition hall. You’re welcome to attend the full conference, however if you’d like to upgrade from an exhibitor registration to a full registration, we will only cover up to the value of the exhibitor pass.

All funds will be provided on a reimbursement basis.

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is Friday, February 2, 2024. We will inform participants if they are selected the week of February 5.

If you have any questions, please contact Marcia Puig-Lluch, Program Facilitator, at

We will have a similar opportunity available for SACNAS’s National Diversity in STEM (NDiSTEM) Conference October 31 – November 2, 2024 in Phoenix, Arizona. Applications for this conference will open in the summer. 

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