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MaGNET (Maize Genetics Network Enhancement via Travel) Awards for the 2020 Maize Genetics Meeting

MaGNET award submissions are now closed.

The 2020 MaGNET program will provide support to attend the Maize Genetics Meeting in Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi, USA. We will accept MaGNET applications from November 5 to December 2.
Download the 2020 MaGNET Award Flyer

Purpose: This program seeks to recruit and retain scientists from diverse backgrounds into the maize research community by encouraging their attendance at the Annual Maize Genetics Meeting. It provides support to help students and early career scientists from under-represented groups learn about maize genetics and connect with scientists in the Maize Genetics community. The program also provides an opportunity for awardees to explore potential collaborations and develop career contacts.

MaGNET Awards can be applied to the cost of attending the Maize Genetics Meeting, including registration, food, lodging and reimbursement for travel expenses. The awardee will be paired with an experienced Maize Mentor, who will help the awardee navigate the conference. During the conference, MaGNET awardees will have opportunities to interact with peers, invited speakers, and will be welcomed by the maize community.

Previous maize genetics research experience is not required to apply for a MaGNET Award. Some plant biology or genetics-related research experience will make a stronger application. Submitting an abstract to present a research poster or talk is highly encouraged, even if it is not directly relevant to maize genetics.

Abstract submission will be open from December 3 to January 17. Details can be found on the Abstract/Program page. MaGNET applicants that do not have a final title for their abstract when submitting the MaGNET application should submit a provisional title.

Eligible applicants include: undergraduate students; graduate students; postdoctoral researchers; and early-career faculty and scientists. Applicants must be either citizens or permanent residents of the USA, and should belong to a group traditionally underrepresented in science*. First-time conference attendees are encouraged to apply.

A faculty mentor who will accompany one or more eligible student applicants is also eligible to apply for a MaGNET award.

*For the purpose of meeting the goals and objectives of the MaGNET program, qualified underrepresented groups that are identified as being underrepresented in the biological sciences include: African Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hispanic Americans, American Indians/Native Americans who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment, Natives of the USA Pacific Islands (Guam, Hawai'i and American Samoa only).

For direct questions regarding the award please contact the Chair of the Maize Genetics Meeting, Clinton Whipple, [email protected]. For technical questions about submitting applications please contact John Portwood, [email protected].

The MaGNET program of the Maize Genetics Meeting is supported by the National Science Foundation.

MaGNET applicants should fill out the attached form, submit a CV or résumé, and provide the name and email address of at least one referee, who must be a research mentor or faculty supervisor. The name and email address for a second referee is optional.

Deadline: For full consideration, MaGNET applications should be submitted by December 2.

All awardees, including students and faculty mentors, will be required to complete short questionnaires before and after the meeting, and to write a Summary Statement regarding their meeting experience after the close of the conference. Reimbursement checks will be processed and issued upon receipt of the required documentation.

Application Form:
General Information: Applicant Eligibility Category (your current status):
First name:
Last name:
Home Institution:
Institution Address:
City, State, ZIP:
Email address:

Email addresses of referees for letters of recommendation:
   Referee 1, research supervisor:
       Name       Email Address:
   Referee 2, optional:
      Name       Email Address:

Background: Citizenship/Residency Status:
Are you a member of an ethnic minority group identified as being underrepresented in the biological sciences?
Please indicate Race or Ethnicity:
If 'Other', please specify:

Career (postdocs and faculty answer NA where the question is Not Applicable): Final Career Degree Desired:
Are you planning to pursue a career in plant biology- or genetics-related research?
Have you worked in a laboratory as a summer intern, as a paid position, on a fellowship, or on a stipend (e.g., Teaching Assistantship)?
How long have you been working in a research setting?
Have you previously attended any national scientific conferences?
Have you previously attended the Maize Genetics Meeting?

Mentor Information: (Only answer these questions if you are a mentor applying for a MaGNET award to accompany a student applicant; or, if you are a student applicant with an accompanying mentor.)
Accompanying Mentor:
If Yes, please specify accompanying student name(s):
If Yes, how long have you known the student(s) you are accompanying?:
If Yes, is your research currently supported by NSF grant funds?:
Student Accompanied by Mentor:
If Yes, please specify mentor name:

Abstract/Essay/CV: Will you be submitting an abstract for a presentation (poster or talk) at the Meeting?
If Yes, enter your presentation title or provisional title:

Please describe, in 500 words or less, your research experiences and interests, and especially how attending the Maize Genetics Meeting will further your career in research.

For faculty mentors accompanying an eligible student, please describe, in 500 words or less, how you work to recruit and support students from traditionally underrepresented groups in your research program, and how you plan to continue such support.

Upload your CV or résumé, in pdf format, here: