Especially for Students

Events especially for Students at Botany 2020 - Virtual!

Connect with BSA
Make sure to connect with BSA during Botany 2020! Use hashtag #Botany2020, #BSASciComm, #iamabotanist when posting on social media.

Botany 2020 Virtual Job/Networking Board
Looking for a job, a lab to complete graduate school in, a post-doc, or even just some friends? Sign-up and look through our virtual networking board!

Botany 2020 Slack
Watch out for an email with more information about a Botany 2020 Virtual! Slack!


Monday (July 27th)

  • Careers in Botany Luncheon - 12:00-13:30 US EDT
    Organized by: Min Ya & Shelly Gaynor
    Wonder what you can do with a degree in botanical/plant sciences? Join us for our virtual career luncheon. You will be able to meet and chat with our panelists, learn about their careers in academia (research-focused and/or teaching/liberal arts), NGOs (gardens, museums), publication, government, private sector/industry (and more!), and get to know the options for your future career and how to prepare for them!
  • SciComm Celebration Day  - 16:00-17:00 US EDT
    Organized by: Min Ya & Shelly Gaynor
    We are going to feature 16 fantastic SciCommers throughout the day on the 27th on all official BSA social media platforms (Twitter: @Botanical_, Facebook: Botanical Society of America, Instagram: botanicalsocietyofamerica). Join us later that afternoon for a a SciComm Celebration Day Mixer at Botany 2020 - Virtual! conference platform. Make sure to join and connect with all the featured SciCommers!
  •  Ace it! - Practice your Presentation, Get Feedback, Give a Better Talk -12:00 - 15:00 US EDT Organized by: Dr. Bruce Kirchoff
    “This interactive workshop is for anyone who wants to present clear, easily understood technical talks. You will learn how to focus on your most important result, the presentation skills that help you connect with your audience principles of good slide design, and how to use clear visuals to support your talk...“ See more information.

  • Student Social - 19:00 - 22:00 US EDT
    Organized by: Min Ya & Shelly Gaynor
    All students welcome! Come hang out and stay connected while social distancing, and we will have random breakout rooms to facilitate networking!

 Wednesday (July 29th)

  • Tips for Success: Applying to Graduate School - 13:00 - 15:00 US EDT
    Presented by: Anna Monfils
    This workshop is a panel discussion designed to introduce undergraduate students to the specific requirements for applying to graduate programs in plant biology. Topics include considering a graduate degree, becoming a competitive applicant, establishing a timetable for application, picking a mentor, preparing a strong application, the campus visit, and funding options. Panelists will include both current graduate students and faculty experienced in mentoring and graduate admissions.
  • So you want a job: approaching the academic/research job market as a postdoc - 15:00 - 17:00 US EDT
    Organized by: Stephanie Conway & Rebecca Povilus
    Events in 2020 have already changed our daily lives, but what about prospects for postdocs approaching the job market? In this discussion panel, we’ll feature diverse voices to provide perspective on what we might expect for the academic and non-academic job markets for the next few years. This panel will be organized into four major sections. See more information.


  • CV Review Sessions FULL
    Organized by: Min Ya & Shelly Gaynor
    Due to overwhelming interest, the BSA student representatives will continue to organize the CV/Resume Review Sessions for students and post-docs at Botany 2020 - Virtual!  Sign-up for a 20 minute, one-on-one review session with professionals from the field to get feedback on your CV or resume. We will contact and assign reviewers after the slots being filled, and we will try our best to match your interest with reviewers' expertise!
    All US EDT:
    • Monday – 16:00-17:00
    • Tuesday – 12:15 – 13:15
    • Wednesday – 16:00 – 7:00
    • Thursday – 12:30 – 13:30
    • Friday – 11:00 – 12:00





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