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Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI) Awards for the 2019 Maize Genetics Conference

PUI submissions are now closed.

New in 2019, the PUI award will provide support to attend the Maize Genetics Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. We will accept PUI applications from November 15, 2018 to January 1, 2019.
Download the 2019 PUI Award Flyer

Purpose: This program seeks to recruit and retain scientists from Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) into the maize research community by encouraging their attendance at the annual Maize Genetics Conference. The program provides an opportunity for awardees to learn about maize genetics through connecting with scientists in the maize genetics community, explore potential collaborations, and develop career contacts. Awards can be applied to the cost of registration, food, lodging and reimbursement for travel expenses. During the conference, PUI awardees will be welcomed by the maize community, and will have opportunities to interact with peers, invited speakers, and program officers from public funding agencies.

PUI applicants should 1) fill out the application form, 2) submit a CV or résumé, 3) submit an abstract for a poster or short talk (see below), and 4) student applicants must provide the name and email address of at least one referee, who must be a research mentor, collaborator, or faculty supervisor. The name and email address for a second referee is optional for students, and faculty applicants are not required to provide a referee. Eligible applicants include: undergraduate students currently enrolled at a PUI and PUI faculty. Applicants must be either citizens or permanent residents of the USA. First-time conference attendees are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: For full consideration, PUI applications should be submitted by January, 1 2019.

Previous maize genetics research experience is not required to apply for a PUI award but some plant biology or genetics-related research experience will make a stronger application. Submitting an abstract to present a research poster or talk is required, even if it is not directly relevant to maize genetics. Abstract submission will be open until January 25, 2019. Details can be found on the Abstract/Program page. PUI applicants that do not have a final title for their abstract when submitting the PUI application should submit a provisional title.

For direct questions regarding the award please contact Mark Lubkowitz, For technical questions about submitting applications please contact John Portwood,

The PUI award of the Maize Genetics Conference is supported by the National Science Foundation.

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

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:
Title of poster or short talk (a tentative title is fine):

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 Conference?

Faculty Information: If you are a student
  • Name of your faculty mentor, collaborator, or research supervisor:
  • Email address of your faculty mentor, collaborator, or research supervisor:
  • How long have you worked with this person?
  • Is this person accompanying you to this meeting?
If you are faculty
  • Are you accompanying a student?
  • Is your research currently supported by NSF?

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