Department of Botany & Plant Sciences

PLBL GAANN: Next Generation Agriculture and Ecosystems Training

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GAANN: Next Generation Agriculture and Ecosystems Training

The Plant Biology (PLBL) Graduate Program is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need).  GAANN fellowships are prestigious awards that are based on academic achievement, potential for success in an academic career, and financial need.

The long-range goal of the GAANN Fellowship Program is to enhance the capacity for teaching and research in plant biology at the state, regional, and national level. The PLBL GAANN program’s goal is to increase the number and diversity of trained plant biologists that are needed to address current and future challenges to food production, agricultural sustainability, renewable natural resources, and environmental sustainability. The GAANN program will create a cadre of PhDs prepared to train undergraduates, conduct research, and deploy innovative and effective teaching methods in post-secondary classes.

GAANN Fellowship Program Highlights:

GAANN fellowships provide tuition and stipend of up to $34,000 plus tuition and fees per year (based on financial need) for full-time students currently enrolled in the PLBL Ph.D. Program.  Applicants should have a keen interest in a career in teaching and research at the university level. All GAANN fellows will receive additional training to become effective university educators.

Students who are US citizens or permanent residents and currently enrolled in the PLBL Ph.D. Program are eligible for GAANN fellowships. Applicants should be committed to pursuing a PhD and ultimately a career as a university professor.

Application requirements and due dates:
• Students must submit a FAFSA report.
• Students must complete and submit the short, on-line GAANN fellowship application.
• Major professors (2nd year and above students) must complete and submit the short, on-line GAANN nomination form.

In addition to the materials collected via the student application form, the GAANN Fellowship Committee may also consider academic achievement based on undergraduate and graduate school GPAs and GREs. Applicants do not need to provide this information. These data will be complied from GradSIS.

2015-2016 GAANN Fellows

Top Row (Left to Right): Sonja Winte, Natalie Williams, Elizabeth Luscher

Bottom Row (Left to Right): Cara Fertitta, Dinusha Maheepala, Jon Montgomery (not shown)

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