BSA Public Policy Award

Supporting early-career botanical scientists to attend Congressional Visits Day in Washington, DC

Applications due January 15, 2017

The BSA Public Policy Committee invites applications for the fifth annual BSA Public Policy Award. This award covers all transportation, room, and board expenses for two early-career botanists to attend the Congressional Visits Day in Washington, D.C., held 25–26 April 2017. Award winners will also be featured in the Plant Science Bulletin and on the BSA web page.

Congressional Visits Day is a two-day event hosted by the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition. The first day includes a training session on science funding and how to effectively communicate with policymakers. The second day participants meet with their Congressional policymakers to advocate for federal support of scientific research. For more details see: "AIBS public-policy congressional visits day". To read about award recipients’ past experiences, see p. 96 of this issue of the Plant Science Bulletin: "PSB-2015-61-3.pdf"

The award is open to all BSA members, but preference will be given to those who are in the first two years of a permanent position, postdocs, and students (graduate or undergraduate). Applicants must also be U.S. citizens.

For questions about the award, email Andrew Pais (, Marian Chau (, or Morgan Gostel (

Application requirements:

  1. State your name, career stage, current affiliation, and email address.
  2. Why are you interested in becoming involved in public policy?
  3. How will attending Congressional Visits Day impact your career?
  4. Give an example of botanically related research in your (current) home state that represents a good investment of federal funding. How do the results of that research benefit your state (e.g., impacts on education, the environment, and the economy, including number of jobs created)?
  5. Recipients will write a summary of their experience to be published in the Plant Science Bulletin.

Applications should be submitted as a PDF, no more than two pages single spaced, and emailed to with subject line “2017 BSA Public Policy Award.” Applications are due by January 15, 2017.