SWS Peatlands Section student grants

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SWS Peatlands Section sponsoring three student travel grants

The SWS peatlands section is sponsoring three travel grants ($500 US each) for students, offering partial assistance to present their research on peatlands at the upcoming RE3 meeting in Quebec City. Candidates have to be registered as students at the time of the conference to be eligible, and be members of the SWS peatlands section by the time they receive their award. They also need to be first author on a talk or a poster. An application package should be sent to SWS.peat.section@gmail.com before the abstract submission deadline on January 30 at 5pm (EST) with “Student travel grant application package” as a header. The package should include, in one PDF file, the following:

  1. A two-page (maximum) motivation letter. The letter should address the importance of peatlands in the student’s studies and/or future career path, and explain the impact of the conference for the student’s development. It should also include a statement on the student’s financial need and detail the provenance of other sources of funding to attend the conference.
  2. A transcript covering the last two years of study (unofficial transcripts are accepted).
  3. The abstract that was submitted to the conference.
  4. A reference letter from the supervisor.

Evaluation criteria will include financial need, the perceived impact that the RE3 conference will have in helping the student develop scientifically, the scientific merit of the abstract, and academic excellence. Preference will be given to applicants from groups who are underrepresented in STEM.  
The result of the competition will be announced before the presenting author registration deadline on March 15.



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Important Preliminary Dates

Call for abstracts starts
November 28, 2019 Now open

Registration starts
December 10, 2019 Now open

Abstract submission deadline
January 30, 2020

Abstract acceptance notice
March 2, 2020

Early bird and presenting author registration deadline
March 15, 2020

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