An Open Letter to Federal Policymakers from Science Students

To Fellow Science Students,

Recently, several student members of the Botanical Society of America developed an open letter to lawmakers to express our hope that policymakers in Washington, DC, will sustain a national commitment to invest in our nation's scientific research, development, and education systems.

Federal funding for science and science education programs is important to us all. Thus, we invite you to join us in a nationwide effort to communicate to lawmakers in Washington, DC, the importance of continued federal investments in science.

2011 Student Travel Grants from Physiological Ecology Section

The Physiological Ecology Section offers five travel grants for students presenting papers or posters in the field of physiological ecology at the 2011 ESA Annual Meeting. The winner of each grant will receive $500 to help support attending the meeting. Applications for 2011 awards will be accepted until June 1, 2011. The grants are made possible by a generous donation from an anonymous donor.

Eligibility

ESA Student Section Bay Area Mixer!

Are you interested in meeting bay area graduate students? Come to the first annual bay area ESA Student Section Mixer Thursday May 12, 2011 in San Francisco!

We are lucky to live in an awesome area densely populated with universities – yet how often do you get to meet graduate students from outside of your department? The first annual bay area ESA Student Section mixer is the perfect opportunity to meet other bay area ecology graduate students in a fun and informal environment where no speakers, posters, or workshops are required!

Academic Excellence Award for Young Women in Ecology

The ESA Student Section is pleased to sponsor the second Academic Excellence Award for Young Women in Ecology. We will award one female student a prize for academic excellence demonstrated by an outstanding research publication and a commitment to increase the visibility of other women scientists.

Questions to Ask as a Prospective Grad Student, Post-doc, or Faculty member

The application processes for graduate schools, post-docs, and faculty positions are not transparent. Every program, department, and even advisor is different. Of course, finding the right project that interests and inspires you should be of utmost importance, but beyond that many factors could impact your happiness and success. Expectations, support, and requirements are highly variable, as are salaries and benefits. The following is a list compiled after soliciting the ecolog listserv in January, 2011.

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