Applications are now closed. Emails announcing invitation status have been sent to applicants with completed applications (Last updated Jan 31, 2017)
microMORPH INTERDISCIPLINARY WORKSHOPS bring together small groups of graduate students, postdoctorals, and faculty with diverse interests and expertise to interact and discuss critical concepts, intellectual objectives, emerging technologies, and analytical approaches that have the potential to advance our understanding of the evolution of plant form.
All participants give presentations on their research and there is extensive discussion following each presentation. These workshops provide students, postdoctorals, and faculty with unique opportunities to explore new and challenging frontiers of knowledge.
Jeff Doyle (Cornell University) Spencer Barrett (University of Toronto) Jannice Friedman (Syracuse University) Robin Hopkins (Harvard University) Elizabeth (Toby) Kellogg (Donald Danforth Center) Leonie Moyle (Indiana University) Günter Theißen (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena) Carolyn Wessinger (University of Kansas)
William (Ned) Friedman (Harvard University) Pamela Diggle (University of Connecticut)
APPLICANT INFORMATION AND ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: We encourage applications from graduate students (at all stages of their dissertation research) and postdoctoral researchers. Eight student/postdoctoral participants will be chosen to attend, give presentations on their research (which should be address some aspect of evolutionary innovation in plants, and should be 20 minutes long), and engage in the discussions.
microMORPH will fund travel, accommodations, and meals for selected participants who are U.S. citizens or who are associated with a U.S. institution/university. Non-U.S. citizens that are not associated with a U.S. institution are welcome to participate but will have to fund their own travel and accommodations.
Applications are now open!
Non-US-citizens are welcome to apply. Please note that if you are not a United States citizen, you are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa to travel to the United States to attend the workshop.
Travel Assistance and Lodging for Participants
Lodging and meals will be provided for all workshop participants.
Funding to offset major travel costs (airfare, ground transportation) will be available for all participants.
THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED! Applications must be submitted by 11:30 pm January 23rd, 2017.
How to Apply
Applications can be submitted online though the “Submit Applications” box on the left of this page, or by clicking Here to Submit.
The application process is hosted by the Arnold Arboretum, and you will have to create an account in order to apply. There are a few steps you will need to complete:
1) Please click the Submission link and follow the instructions to register for an account.
2) Search for grant listings for the "2017 microMORPH Workshop - The Developmental Basis of Evolutionary Innovation".
3) Click "Apply" or "Add to Cart". (if you use "Add to Cart", the listing will now show up when you click on the "My Interest Cart" tab).
4) Follow application instructions. The application includes a way for you to send reference letter request (submission instructions will be sent to your referee). Be sure to click "Final Review and Submit" when you are ready to submit!
Required Application Materials
1) Contact information
2) Academic information, including a curriculum vitae (.pdf format).
3) In a total of 1000 words or fewer, please tell us:
A. Why do you want to participate in the workshop?
B. Please describe your background in plant biology.
C. Part of this workshop includes presenting a talk on your research and/or scientific interests - provide an abstract for this talk. (Student and post-doc talks should be 20 minutes)
Submit your essay/answers as a .pdf file.
4) Contact information (name and email address) for one letter of reference. As part of the online submission, you will be asked to send a request to the referee to submit a letter of recommendation. The referee will be automatically emailed with a link to an online submission form where they can upload a letter of recommendation. The referee must upload their letter of recommendation via the link by January 16th at 11:30 pm.
Two members of the microMORPH steering committee and a third individual from outside the steering committee, chosen by the steering committee, are charged with evaluating applications.
We anticipate announcing application status by early February.
The NSF grant that supported microMORPH ended in April 2017. microMORPH no longer provides support for travel grants, workshops, or summer courses. The summer courses in organismic plant biology will continue at the Arnold Arboretum.