California Native Plant Society

Opportunities for Students at the CNPS 2012 Conservation Conference


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Student Funding for Workshops

CNPS has limited funding to allow students to attend pre-conference workshops Tues Jan 10-Wed, Jan 11, at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center in San Diego. Workshops will be awarded on a first come first serve basis and according to availability. Please fill out the Student Funding Application and return it according to the instructions on the bottom of the page. Go to Workshops for details. You will be notified right within a day or two if the workshop is available to you.


Oral and Poster Presentation Contests

All students presenting an oral or poster presentation are eligible to participate in the competition for best oral presentation or poster, with three cash prizes in each category: first prize $500; 2nd and 3rd prizes are $300 and $200 respectively! All oral presentations, whether in the oral subject sessions or the student session, will be judged together. In other words, there will be no preference given to students presenting in the titled subject sessions.


Registration fee waivers and/or travel stipends (*Applications due by Oct 27)

All students will receive registration discounts and may apply for funding for travel stipends. Students presenting papers or posters have first priority for travel funds.

All Students receiving benefits will be asked to work 2-6 hours, before or during the conference, depending on the number of days they will be attending the conference (2 hours of work for each day of attendance).  

Many local CNPS chapters will help support student attendance and some students may make direct appeals to their local chapter. However, you may receive travel funds from either the state office OR the local chapter but not both. To be considered, download and complete the Student Funding Application (PDF 37kb).

*Applications received after Oct 20 will be accepted however funds granted will be dependent on funds remaining.


CNPS Student Career Panel and Mixer, Friday Jan 13, 11:40-1:00 p.m.

Wondering what lies ahead for you in the big wide world after graduation? Come to our student career panel to hear from leaders in the botanical and conservation field! We will have a variety of representatives from both public and private agencies to talk about what they do. They can answer your questions or give advice to get you set up for life after you graduate. Come to this combined career panel and social mixer to make important contacts as well as meet other like-minded students from across the state. We look forward to seeing you there!


Job and Resume Board

We will solicit agencies, consulting firms, and non-profit organizations for job listings and we will provide space for people to post their resumes. Details will be forthcoming.


Oral or Poster Presentations

There will be increased opportunities for students to present oral presentations at this conference. In addition to the 22 titled subject sessions, Jan 12-14, with 4 concurrent sessions, we added a special Student Session, Saturday, Jan 14, constituting a 5th concurrent session. Students will also have opportunities to present a poster for the poster session.

All students wishing to present an oral or poster presentation must submit an abstract before August 4, 2011. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Abstract Review Committee.

Students will be able to indicate their first preference for Oral-Subject session, Oral-Student Session, Poster session, or Either Oral or Poster. If a student paper is not selected for the Oral Subject Sessions, students may then elect to submit again to give an oral presentation in the Student Sessions or present a poster. All oral presentation slots will be fairly competitive. There are additional abstract review committees for the Student and Poster sessions. There is no guarantee that an abstract will be accepted but we hope to accommodate most students applying (naturally this will depend on the number of abstracts submitted by students and professionals).

Please read the Call for Abstracts (PDF 48kb) and all instructions before submitting an abstract.

You will need to identify yourself as a Student when submitting an abstract to be eligible for student funding, participating in the Student Session, and the student oral and poster contests.


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