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2019 Maize Genetics Conference Financial Aid:

There are four types of financial aid for the 61st Annual Maize Genetics Conference:

1) Student Registration:

The application deadline will be January 25, 2019.

The steering committee is soliciting federal grants and industry donations to help defray meeting costs for graduate students and for those undergraduates who are the first and presenting author of a poster or talk. When making your hotel room reservation, please select double occupancy. If the student is eligible for financial aid and fundraising efforts are as successful as in previous years, then the hotel room (half of double occupancy) will be paid for upon check out. To apply, a student must:
  1. Make reservations at the Union Station (credit card will not be charged until checkout).
  2. Register for the conference using the online meeting registration form and pay the $100 student registration fee. Be sure to indicate your student status and include the requested additional information about your advisor, etc.
Students are actively encouraged to apply for travel awards within their graduate program, college or university. If you have concerns about student financial aid or need information to assist in any local grant application, please do not hesitate to contact the conference chair, Michael Muszynski, at

NO applications for student support received after January 25, 2019 will be considered. Please act promptly to assure that your application is received before this deadline.

2) MaGNET:

The MaGNET Awards program will provide competitive support for attendance at the Conference, for members of underrepresented groups, as well as for faculty mentors accompanying eligible students

MaGNET Awards can be applied to the cost of attending the Maize Genetics Conference, including registration, food, lodging and reimbursement for travel expenses. The awardee will be paired with an experienced Maize Mentor, who will help the awardee navigate the conference. During the conference, MaGNET awardees will have opportunities to interact with peers, invited speakers, and will be welcomed by the maize community.

Eligible applicants include: undergraduate students; graduate students; postdoctoral researchers; and early-career faculty and scientists. Applicants must be either citizens or permanent residents of the USA, and should belong to a group traditionally underrepresented in science. First-time conference attendees are encouraged to apply.

3) Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUI)

New in 2019, the PUI award will provide support to attend the Maize Genetics Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. We will accept PUI applications from November 15, 2018 to January 1, 2019.

This program seeks to recruit and retain scientists from Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) into the maize research community by encouraging their attendance at the annual Maize Genetics Conference. The program provides an opportunity for awardees to learn about maize genetics through connecting with scientists in the maize genetics community, explore potential collaborations, and develop career contacts. Awards can be applied to the cost of registration, food, lodging and reimbursement for travel expenses.

Eligible applicants include: undergraduate students currently enrolled at a PUI and PUI faculty. Applicants must be either citizens or permanent residents of the USA. First-time conference attendees are encouraged to apply.

4) Disciplinary Breadth (DB)

Details to come.

Click here to donate to an endowment? that will provide financial assistance to students attending the meeting.

Important Dates
Conference Date
Start Date 14 Mar 2019
End Date 17 Mar 2019

Deadlines Date
MaGNET 15 Dec 2018
Abstract Submission 25 Jan 2019
Registration Site 25 Jan 2019
Financial Aid 25 Jan 2019
Hotel 25 Jan 2019
Late-Poster Submission 1 Feb 2019
Workshop Registration 1 Feb 2019

News & Information
Nov 15: MaGNET applications and the new PUI award applications are now being accepted!
Oct 24: New financial aid opportunities are available this year!
Oct 24: 2019 Maize Meeting website is live.


Information about pre-conference workshops will be released at a later date.

Meeting Organizers
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