Especially for Students

Events especially  for Students at Botany 2018

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 

Job Search Transparency: Learning the Unwritten Rules to Land your Dream Job, from 10am-noon this workshop will be led by your friendly neighborhood BSA student representatives and a diverse group of panelists (Rob Labort, Jason T. Cantley, Allison Miller, and Ya Yang) who will make brief introductions and then open the floor with an informal question and answer session between the panelists and attendees. The goal of this workshop is to help young professionals navigate and move forward from graduate school or postdoctoral positions on a positive career trajectory. (Free, but please register!)
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The Elevator Speech: Crafting an Effective Pitch that Highlights your Research and Illustrates the Broader Impacts, from 1:00-3:00 pm this workshop led by the BSA student reps and featuring tips from our keynote speaker Amanda Grusz who will provide helpful tipson crafting an effective elevator speech followed by a breakout session to allow attendees the opportunity to revise and modify their own elevator speeches. (Free, but please register!)

 Tips for Success: Applying to Graduate School, from 1:00-3:00 pm led by Anna Monfils, is a panel discussion designed to introduce undergraduate students to the specific requirements for applying to graduate programs in plant biology. (Free, but please register!)

Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUI) Plant Network Workshop, from 1:00-5:00 pm is a workshop led by PUI professors. If you are interested in a job in academia but don’t necessarily want a life in the R1 world, this is a must-attend workshop. You’ll learn about a diversity of institution types (liberal arts, smaller state schools, etc.) from our professor panelists (Chris Martine, Mike Moore, Maggie Hanes, Mackenzie Taylor, and Rachel Jabaily), who will also discuss their paths to jobs at PUI and provide advice for attendees at any stage of their careers (undergraduate, graduate, and post-doc). They’ll then walk you through the application process for professorial positions, and you’ll then have the opportunity to take part in multiple individual mock interviews for hypothetical PUI jobs! They are building a network of students & faculty in or interested in the PUI life, and want to know how they can help you achieve your career goals!

Undergraduate Student Networking Event: This is our second annual Undergraduate Student Networking Event, which will be held at the beginning of the conference on Sunday evening starting at 6:15 pm. This event was a great success last year! Not only will it provide attendees with an excellent opportunity to meet fellow undergrads, but it will also allow individuals to make some new friends/contacts to help them navigate through the rest of the conference. You’ll also get a chance to hear about different career paths! (Free – food will be included!)

Monday, July 23rd, 2018 

Student Involvement in Botany Luncheon – A Focus on Botanical Career Opportunities: (12:00pm - 1:30pm) What can you do with a degree inbotany? Make sure that you are present at the annual Student Luncheon to find out! We will kick off the event with a short talk “Following Your Plant (or other!) Passion” from our keynote speaker Susan Pell who is the Science and Public Programs Manager at the United States Botanic Garden. Then, you will get a chance to chat with panelists from various career paths in a “speed-dating” format. FYI – the panelists usually have insider information on open positions for graduate school or careers. ($10 - includes a catered lunch)


Student Social and Networking Event: (Starting at 8pm) This event is an annual favorite! This year we will be at Grand Rounds. This venue is a short walk from the Rochester Civic Center with more details to come later. Come catch up with old friends and meet new ones while enjoying craft brews and snacks. ($10 - includes a drink ticket)

Poster Session: Whether you are presenting your own work or just there to see what other people are working on, this is a great time to talk science, learn about cutting-edge plant research, and meet people! Poster sessions is from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Be sure to check out a detailed schedule on the web at or via the Botany Conference app (Free - no ticket required)


Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

National Science Foundation Information Session for Students and Postdocs. This event will be hosted by Ann Sakai from 4:30-5:30 pm and will cover the opportunities for students (undergraduate and graduate) and postdocs that are supported by the NSF Directorates in the Biological Sciences and Geosciences. (Free, but please register!)


Explore Minnesota by going on a Botany Field trip!

Rochester has a rich history and diverse local ecosystems, which you can explore first-hand with local experts! This year, a whopping 13 field trips (one overnight) are being offered over the span of four days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday). Whether you have a knack for hiking, collecting, kayaking, or exploring… we bet there’s a field trip tailored for you! Discover sedges and other flora of the area or visit the new Bell Museum and MIN Herbarium.  For more information about individual field trips, please check out the following link: (Prices vary)