Student Convention Grants

Student Convention Grants  

We are pleased to announce that 2021 Gesneriad Society Student (Virtual) Convention Grants will be awarded to students interested in or actively studying the plant family Gesneriaceae. The grants were established to promote participation in the convention by students and tomorrow’s researchers and to encourage students to undertake research in Gesneriaceae. For more information about the 2021 Virtual Convention visit the Conventions link on this website.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis based on application information submitted. Grant recipients will be registered for our 2021 Virtual Convention as well as given an honorarium and green membership in The Gesneriad Society. It is expected that each award recipient will prepare a 10-12 minute program to be pre-recorded and presented by the Society during this year’s virtual convention week (June 28 to July 3).

Application Guidelines for 2021 Student Convention Grants

Applications are due by April 30, 2021. Applicants should send the following (with the subject line: Student Convention Grant Application) in an attachment (preferably a single PDF document) to the Student Convention Grant Coordinator and include:

  • Name, institutional affiliation, address, telephone, and email information.
  • A 200 to 400 word description of research goals and education.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) not to exceed one US letter-sized page.
  • The title and brief description of the lecture to be pre-recorded for presentation at this year’s virtual convention. As an example, Jane Q Doe would label her file Doe_JQ_PDF.

Applications exceeding the specified length for description and CV will not be accepted.

In addition to the application, a signed letter of recommendation (as a separate document) should be sent from the applicant’s major advisor or faculty representative to the Student Convention Grant Coordinator with the applicant’s name in the subject line, e.g., Recommendation Letter for Jane Q Doe Student Convention Grant Application 2021. Grant recipients will be notified by email of their award status by May 15th and will need to prepare, pre-record and submit their presentations by June 15th.  Award recipients will receive an honorarium, membership in The Gesneriad Society, and registration for the virtual convention.

Conventions offer enthusiasts and researchers alike the opportunity to come together (this year only virtually) to learn about an array of gesneriad species and hybrids via presentations focusing on recent research, field work, specific genera, and culture of gesneriads. (For specific 2021 Convention program information, visit the Conventions link on this website).

If you have any questions about the application or this year’s convention, please email the Student Convention Grant Coordinator.

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