United Soybean Board Fellowship
The United Soybean Board (USB) Fellowship promotes graduate education in the area of Plant Sciences, emphasizing the development of improved soybean varieties, understanding soybean genetics, and developing improved ways to grow and use soybeans. The intention of the fellowship is to attract the highest quality students whose careers will continue to advance the science of soybean improvement. Funds for the fellowship are made available by gifts from the United Soybean Board to the American Society of Agronomy. Two fellowships will be awarded, providing a $25,000 annual stipend to each student for up to four years provided that satisfactory progress occurs toward degree completion. The recipients also receive a membership to the American Society of Agronomy and a subscription to the ACSESS Digital Library for the duration of the fellowship.
- Proposed study program/area must be in soybeans
- Evidence of academic excellence
- Explanation of future professional plans
- Demonstration of leadership and other experiences predicting future success
Nominations Opened: Jan 25, 2016 - 8:00 AM CST
Nominations initiated by: Mar 30, 2016 - 4:00 PM CDT
2 Reference Letters and Final Nomination submission by: Apr 6, 2016 - 4:00 PM CDT
- Members of this ASA Awards Committee, the ASA Board of Directors, and also the CSSA Executive Committee are not eligible to be a nominee for this award.
- Former recipients of this Award are not eligible.
- The applicant will have applied to become a doctoral candidate in Plant Sciences, focusing on improving ways to grow soybeans. Current first year Ph.D. candidates and those who are entering their second year of a program are also eligible to apply.
- The applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
- The applicant will submit proof of graduate school acceptance in the plant science/soybean area before receiving the Fellowship.
- The Fellow must study full time, maintaining a 3.5 grade point out of a possible 4.0.
- The nominee must have a major professor whose primary area of research is in soybeans, and who is willing to submit an annual report on the student's progress to ASA and the United Soybean Board.
- The Fellow must be willing to present two reports to the United Soybean Board - one after year two to describe area of research and again at the completion of the Fellowship to present results and discussion. USB will be responsible for reasonable travel expenses for such requirements.
- The recipient will be asked to attend either a USB board meeting or the Commodity Classic to be presented with the Fellowship. USB will be responsible for reasonable travel expenses for such requirements.
- The applicant must intend to complete a doctoral degree.
- Members of this ASA Awards Committee, the ASA Board of Directors, and also the CSSA Executive Committee are not eligible to be a reference for this award.
Letter of Interest
Explain why you are interested in plant sciences, with focusing on soybeans, and why you are qualified to receive this fellowship. (Character Limit, including spaces: 3000)
Upload a resume/c.v. that includes educational background and grade point average, and leadership activities.
Describe your most beneficial academic experience since entering college. Provide a concise list of your major work and activities. (Character Limit, including spaces: 3000)
Graduate School and Department
Provide the name of the graduate school and department.
Provide the name, phone and email address of graduate advisor.
Describe the type of doctoral program you would like to pursue. (Character Limit, including spaces: 3000)
Briefly describe your future plans, telling how you can benefit and advance the science of growing soybeans. (Character Limit, including spaces: 3000)