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2021 Public Policy Committee Application

2021 Public Policy Committee Application

About the Committee

This committee addresses issues of public policy to effect change, educate and influence decision makers and provides input from the BSA perspective on public policy documents, strategic plan documents from federal agencies, and reports requesting input from plant biologists. The committee works closely with numerous societies including the American Society of Plant Taxonomy (ASPT) and American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). Each year, new members join the committee as the same number of members rotates off. This committee is chaired by a member volunteering to serve as Chair.

Committee Application Open Date: Jan 1, 2021

Committee Application Close Date: Mar 31, 2021

2021 Publications Committee Application

2021 Publications Committee Application

About the Committee

Chaired by the Director-at-Large for Publications, the Publications Committee meets two to three times per year and provides input on issues relating to BSA’s publications (including the American Journal of Botany, Plant Science Bulletin, and Applications in Plant Sciences). The committee seeks to elevate the BSA to be one of the most influential publishers of scientific content in plant biology. The committee coordinates with the editors and associate editors on issues regarding their publications and considers and provides advice on new activities and initiatives, addresses issues impacting the publications, such as open access, subjects to be covered, and other matters arising from the publications. As an example, the committee provided input on how to solicit articles for and advertise the new AJB review article category.

Committee Application Open Date: Jan 1, 2021

Committee Application Close Date: Mar 31, 2021

2021 Committee on Committees Application

2021 Committee on Committees Application

About the Committee

Chaired by the President-Elect, the Committee on Committees is responsible for populating all BSA committees with members. The committee will review applications for openings on the committees and will solicit members for service on committees if necessary. This committee consults with the Committee chairs, the President-Elect, and any BSA staff member committee liaisons on their choices for committee openings. Recommendations for appointment decisions are ultimately made by the Committee on Committees to the BSA Board and require Board approval.

Committee Application Open Date: Jan 1, 2021

Committee Application Close Date: Mar 31, 2021

2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Application

2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Application

About the Committee
Chaired by the Director at Large for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the DEI Committee usually meets at least two times per year (plus ad hoc meetings), to discuss policies and plan activities that address the needs of diverse groups within BSA with the goal of building a more diverse and welcoming society. Committee members are expected to attend DEI meetings (in person or virtually). Committee members may volunteer additional time to develop further some of these activities. BSA programs and events initially conceived and launched by the DEI committee include PLANTS (Preparing Leaders and Nurturing Tomorrow’s Scientists), workshops for development of professional skills (e.g., applying to grad school), helping to choose the Enhancing Scientist Diversity speakers, and special symposia on diversity and inclusion. The committee values the input of members at all stages of their careers.

Committee Application Open Date: Jan 1, 2021

Committee Application Close Date: Mar 31, 2021

2021 Development Committee Application

2021 Development Committee Application

About the Committee
Chaired by the Director-at-Large for Development, this committee works with the BSA Executive Director and Board of Directors to develop and enhance resources for the Society to support its programs. It serves as the liaison between the between the Society and the Legacy Society Members. The committee also provides insights and recommendations on policy, potential foundations, businesses and society members for fundraising potential to the Director-at-Large for Development.

Committee Application Open Date: Jan 1, 2021

Committee Application Close Date: Mar 31, 2021

2021 Education Committee Application

2021 Education Committee Application

About the Committee
Chaired by the Director-at-large for Education, the Education Committee meets two to three times per year, as well as during the BOTANY meeting. The Education Committee focuses on all matters relating to teaching, training, and professional education in the plant sciences, including informal, K-12, undergraduate, and graduate biology education. A highly successful BSA program to have come from the work of this committee is PlantingScience. Other recent initiatives have been to enhance educational outreach resources on the BSA website and sponsorship of the Life Discovery conference.

Committee Application Open Date: Dec 18, 2020

Committee Application Close Date: Apr 1, 2021

2021 Investment Committee Application

2021 Investment Committee Application

About the Committee
The Investment Committee meets three to four times per year to oversee investments of the Society and to determine the long-term investment strategy for the Society. Committee members will also be involved in reviewing performance of the investment management company and periodically reviewing and adjusting the investment policy guidelines for Board approval. Each year, new members join the committee as the same number of members rotates off. This committee is chaired by a member serving their third year on the committee.

Committee Application Open Date: Dec 18, 2020

Committee Application Close Date: Feb 1, 2021

2021 International Affairs Committee Application

2021 International Affairs Committee Application

About the Committee
The International Affairs Committee aims to link BSA with other national botanical societies outside the U.S. and connect BSA members to international botanical events, including the International Botanical Congress (IBC) which is held every six years. The committee seeks to support young botanists attending the IBC, as well as other important international meetings. The committee informs the society regarding international activities impacting the study of plants through articles in the Plant Science Bulletin, symposiums and colloquium at the annual Botanical meetings, and other activities. Each year, new members join the committee as the same number of members rotates off. This committee is chaired by a member serving their third year on the committee.

Committee Application Open Date: Dec 18, 2020

Committee Application Close Date: Feb 1, 2021

2021 Graduate Student Research Award Application

2021 Graduate Student Research Award Application

About the Committee
This committee is responsible for reviewing applications for the Bill Dahl Graduate Student Research Awards and the Karling Award (which is the top graduate student research award). Committee members review and score applications in an online portal and discuss the top candidates with the goal of providing 20 or more awards of $1500 each. Each year, new members join the committee as the same number of members rotates off. This committee is chaired by a member serving their third year on the committee.

Committee Application Open Date: Dec 18, 2020

Committee Application Close Date: Feb 1, 2021

2021 Early Career Professional Development Committee Application

2021 Early Career Professional Development Committee Application

About the Committee
This committee oversees student activities throughout the society by working with the Student Representatives on the Executive Board. Areas of concern for the committee are professional development and mentorship for early career researchers including undergraduates, graduates, postdoctoral fellows, and new faculty. The efforts of this committee should include, but are not limited to, implementing mentorship programs within BSA in regard to peer review and grant writing, creating general training opportunities for early career members, and maintaining early career membership. This committee will collaborate with the Student Representatives on student activities, including CV reviews and Careers in Botany Luncheon, at the annual meeting and throughout the year. Each year, new members join the committee as the same number of members rotates off. This committee is chaired by a member serving their third year on the committee.

Committee Application Open Date: Dec 18, 2020

Committee Application Close Date: Feb 1, 2021

2021 Pelton Award Committee Application

2021 Pelton Award Committee Application

About the Committee

This committee is responsible for reviewing applications for the Jeanette Siron Pelton Award which is given in recognition of sustained and creative contributions in plant morphology. (The award defines morphology broadly to include the subcellular, cellular and organismal levels of complexity, and will recognize experimental, comparative, and evolutionary approaches.)  Committee members review and score applications in an online portal and discuss the top candidates with the goal of providing a $1000 award to one recipient, plus travel costs up to $1000 to present the special address, the Pelton Lecture, at the following year’s BSA Annual Meeting.  This committee is chaired by a member serving their third year on the committee.

Committee Application Open Date: Dec 18, 2020

Committee Application Close Date: Feb 1, 2021

2021 Distinguished Fellow and Emerging Leader Award Committee Application

2021 Distinguished Fellow and Emerging Leader Award Committee Application

About the Committee

The Distinguished Fellows and Emerging Leader Awards are two of the major awards the Society provides. Committee members evaluate nomination packages and discuss the top candidates for a final decision. Each year, one new member joins the committee as one rotates off. This committee is chaired by a member serving their third year on the committee.

Committee Application Open Date: Dec 18, 2020

Committee Application Close Date: Feb 1, 2021

2021 Financial Advisory Committee Application

2021 Financial Advisory Committee Application

About the Committee
This committee works with the Treasurer to oversee society finances and reporting of finances to the society. The committee performs an advisory role for issues identified by the Treasurer and may provide advice to the Treasurer and the Board on the financial impact and value of various society activities. Each year, new members join the committee as the same number of members rotates off. This committee is chaired by a member serving their third year on the committee. The Chair of the Finance Advisory Committee also serves as a liaison to the Investment Committee.

Committee Application Open Date: Dec 18, 2020

Committee Application Close Date: Feb 1, 2021

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