Support offered by the ASPB to support student research.
ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)
The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) fund promising undergraduate students so they can conduct meaningful research in plant biology during the early part of their college careers. SURF recipients are expected to present their research at ASPB’s annual Plant Biology meeting in the year following the fellowship award and research completion.
ASPB is offering a limited number of travel grants to attend the Annual Meeting.
ASPB’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Recognition Travel Award
ASPB’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee is offering a limited number of Recognition Travel Awards for students, postdocs, and faculty who are themselves members of groups underrepresented in the US scientific workforce and/or who are directly supporting the education and professional development of students in such groups.
Recognition Travel Awards provide “full-ride” fellowships to attend ASPB’s annual Plant Biology meeting, which is scheduled to be held online July 19-23, 2021. The award includes registration for Plant Biology 2021; and membership in ASPB through 2022. Applicants do not have to submit a research abstract to be considered for this award; however, successful applicants with pertinent research are strongly encouraged to present that research during Plant Biology 2021.
The goals of the program are to increase diversity among the annual meeting attendees and to provide access to the science and networking opportunities available at a major society meeting to those that might not otherwise have been able to attend. Undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to apply, as are graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. ASPB membership is not a requirement to apply.
ASPB is competitively awarding a limited number of travel awards to attend Plant Biology 2021, which is scheduled to be held this year in Pittsburgh, PA from July 17-21, 2021 and online. This program aims to increase attendance of early career scientists at the annual meeting by providing travel funds for those in financial need. Increasing diversity among the annual meeting attendees is another primary goal. Undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and professionals beginning their careers in plant science are strongly encouraged to apply. US Residency is not a requirement to apply.
ASPB is offering a limited number of Women’s Young Investigator Travel Awards to attend Plant Biology 2021 which is scheduled to be held in Pittsburgh, PA, from July 17-21, 2021 and online. 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 corporate research scientist positions, as well as experienced postdocs. Awardees must hold positions at an academic, corporate, or government institution. The Society plans to allot $7,000 to be awarded in increments of $1,000 for this program. (ASPB reserves the right to adjust these parameters for awardees who do not travel to Pittsburgh and instead participate in Plant Biology 2021 virtually.)
In an effort to boost research engagement at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) for current and prospective faculty, ASPB is offering a PUI workshop on the morning of July 17, 2021, just prior to start of the Plant Biology 2021 conference in Pittsburgh, PA. The workshop’s theme is Inclusivity in Undergraduate Research, and will focus on recruiting and mentoring practices that faculty can employ in building a more inclusive research program. The proposed schedule for the workshop includes a discussion with a panel of PUI faculty who have successfully developed diverse and inclusive research teams, and small-group discussions on different aspects of recruitment and mentoring of underrepresented students.
To promote participation in this workshop and attendance at Plant Biology 2021, the PUI section has applied for funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for conference awards for PUI faculty to help defray some costs of travel and registration. Individuals are invited to apply for one of these $800 awards by completing the application. Deadline for submission of the application is Monday, January 18, 2021.
Education & Outreach
ASPB is offering a limited number of fellowships to support the education and outreach efforts of our members.
In 1995, the ASPB established the Plant Biology Learning Objectives, Outreach Materials & Education Grant (BLOOME) grant program with the goal to enhance public awareness and understanding of the essential roles of plants in all areas of life.
Applications will be accepted January – early April 2021 (check BLOOME application site for deadlines)
Open exclusively to ASPB members, Transforming Education in Plant Biology offers financial support to successful applicants to participate in focused, substantive, and practical professional development with the aim of creating undergraduate plant biology instructional materials aligned with the recommendations of Vision and Change and ASPB’s core concepts in plant biology (http://www.aspb.org/education-outreach/higher-education/). Applicants can select from the suggested multi-day professional development sessions noted below or propose another program that fits with the recommendations of Vision and Change.
Applications will be accepted January 4 – January 31, 2021 (11:59 ET)
I am a plant pathologist and assistant professor at Anderson University in Anderson, IN. While my primary research interests focus on the interactions of plants and with their pathogens, I have enjoyed spreading my roots to all areas of molecular plant biology as my students and I explore the role of understudied proteins in Arabidopsis. As a recent addition to the faculty at Anderson, I have been revamping my introductory plant science course which teaches the fundamentals of biology through the lens of plants. This is an exciting opportunity to teach students foundational knowledge they will apply throughout their career while also introducing them to the exciting world of plant biology (and converting a few to a career in plants along the way).
As a recipient of the Transforming Education in Plant Biology award, I will attend the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science workshop to learn how to write effective case studies for use in my introductory plant science classroom. I then plan to write five case studies, each aligned with a AAAS Core Concept in biology and APSB Plant Biology Learning Objectives. These case studies will provide students an inquiry-based way to explore the fundamentals of biology through the world of plants. The case studies will be shared with the broader biology education community. I plan to assess the efficacy of the case studies in improving student understanding of the AAAS Core Concepts and present my work to the ASPB community. My hope is that these case studies will be used broadly in introductory biology courses and bring exciting, relevant plant biology to all students.
Mary Heskel (Macalester College)
Chloroplasts, Carbon, and Climate: Teaching leaf to global carbon cycling in an introductory ecology course
As a new faculty member in the Biology Department at Macalester, I am in the process of revamping an introductory Ecology course to more explicitly integrate the impacts of climate change and human development. As the only actively-teaching plant biologist in the department, I also see this as a crucial opportunity to emphasize the role of plants and other photosynthetic organisms in primary production and climate regulation. I hope to convey the ‘magic’ and immeasurable importance of Rubisco to students who might not be exposed to plant biology in other courses.
As the recipient of the Transforming Education in Plant Biology award, I plan to attend a Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching to develop teaching materials (a ‘teachable tidbit’) to share with the greater ASPB community. The Summer Institutes emphasize evidence-based teaching practices, active learning, effective assessment, and inclusive teaching, with the goal of helping higher-ed educators create products that will enhance student learning in their respective content fields. As a plant ecophysiologist whose research spans cells to ecosystems, I approach teaching photosynthesis as both an assemblage of intricate biochemical pathways and as a global transformation of energy that is observable from space. The Summer Institute workshop will allow me to effectively teach photosynthesis for understanding beyond a simplified equation, and help students recognize its fundamental and global importance to life on Earth.
Dong Wang (University of Massachusetts)
Plants as master builder: investigating legume symbiosis proteins in a biochemistry laboratory course
I will use the TEPB funds to develop and showcase an undergraduate laboratory course that allows students to engage in authentic research experiences. These pedagogical approach, course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), will teach students to apply their conceptual understanding of biology with newly acquired laboratory skills to conduct original research that leads to new scientific insights. I plan to direct student research on plant genes important for the symbiosis with nitrogen-fixing bacteria. The TEPBwill allow me to expand the scope of my research on the nitrogen-fixing symbiosis and efficiently integrate it with my undergraduate teaching.
Federal Funding Opportunities
The links below include information finding funding from other sources.