ASPB Scholars Program

Open to exceptional undergraduate and graduate students studying plant biology, the ASPB Scholars program delivers an experience intended to serve as a foundation for a career in plant science. Applications welcome from any country. Students who apply to the program must be in good academic standing (verified by their Pl or department head) and must demonstrate a commitment to plant science.

See the Scholars Program details here.

BLOOME and other ASPB Grants and Awards

Plant BLOOME—Managed by the ASPB Education Committee, the Plant Biology Learning Objectives, Outreach Materials & Education (BLOOME) Grant funds projects to advance youth, student, and general public knowledge and appreciation of plant biology.  This sponsorship supports travel for a BLOOME awardee to the Plant Biology annual meeting.

The current maximum budget request is $50,000. Since 1995, ASPB members have been awarded this grant for developing education and outreach projects that advance youth, student, or general public knowledge and appreciation of plant biology.

BENEFITS:

  • Ability to focus on a particular area of interest or research
  • Provides registration for an early career scientist (student, post-doc, or pre-tenure faculty) and some funds towards travel
  • May select the awardee from among a pool identified by ASPB leaders
  • Meet/Greet Coffee with awardees
  • Logo on event signage
  • Recognition on ASPB website
  • Introduction during committee luncheon

Travel Grants for Meetings

A highly competitive opportunity for early career scientists to receive direct travel support and a waiver of registration fees to attend an ASPB-hosted conference.

BENEFITS:

  • Ability to focus on a particular interest or research area
  • Provides registration for an early career scientist (students, post-docs, faculty) and some funds towards travel
  • May select the awardee from among a pool identified by ASPB leaders
  • Meet/Greet Coffee with awardees
  • Logo on event signage
  • Recognition on ASPB and/or conference website

Ambassador Program

The ASPB Ambassadors program helps develop future leaders in the plant science community, helping participants gain essential knowledge, skills, activities and insights. Applications are open year round.

BENEFITS:

  • Support over 20 future leaders in the US and around the world
  • Recruitment opportunities and chance to interact with a pool of talented students and postdocs
  • Participation in one or all of the online and in-person workshops/activities throughout the year
  • Your company’s ad or sponsorship mention, short description and image on the application page
  • Your company mentioned in related announcements in ASPB and Plantae channels
  • The opportunity to address fellows at the ASPB annual meeting networking activity

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

SURF Fellowships help undergraduate students from the across the U.S. and abroad participate in immersive plant biology research experiences over ten consecutive weeks during the summer break period.

This program has been operating since the 1980s, making more than 100 awards over the years. It offers a valuable opportunity to recruit and engage the next generation of plant science leaders early in their research careers. Each fellowship provides a stipend, an allowance for materials and supplies, and a travel award to support the fellow’s attendance and presentation of their research at ASPB’s annual Plant Biology meeting in the year following their SURF experience. Each cohort of SURF fellows enjoys a dedicated networking activity during the annual meeting.

BENEFITS:

  • Ability to focus on a particular interest or research area
  • Provides registration for an early career scientist (students, post-docs, faculty) and some funds towards travel
  • May select the awardee from among a pool identified by ASPB leaders
  • Meet/Greet Coffee with awardees
  • Logo on event signage
  • Recognition on ASPB website

Learn more here.