California Botanical Society

Graduate Student Meetings

Graduate students organized the first graduate student meeting in 1973 for the purpose of encouraging graduate students in botany from throughout the state to get together and discuss their current research interest and ideas. Since then, the California Botanical Society has supported this event, holding a Graduate Student Meeting every other year in conjunction with our annual banquet. These meetings are an excellent way for students to become familiar with current botanical research and to network with a diverse community of scientists.

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Santa Ynez mountains above Santa Barbara

26th Graduate Student Symposium
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Please join us on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden for the Society's annual banquet and the 26th Graduate Student Symposium. The Symposium is open to the public. We are now accepting abstracts from students at any level.

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The Society's annual banquet will follow immediately after the Symposium, with a keynote address by Steve Junak on the botanical history of California's Channel Islands. Steve is the former Herbarium Curator of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and has co-authored several books on the Channel Islands.

Field Trips

As part of the Symposium, we will be offering the following two field trips:

Friday, April 7, 2017: Steve Junak will lead a trip to the Channel Islands (limit 20)

Sunday, April 9, 2017: Matt Guilliams will lead a trip to Figueroa Mountain (no limit)

Field trip registration information will be coming soon.

Travel Grants

The Society will be offering travel grants to eligible students. Information on how to apply will be coming soon.


Information about hotel block rates will be coming soon. We also hope to offer free camping at a nearby natural area.

Paul Silva

Paul Silva Student Research Grants

Graduate students pursuing botanical research within western North America are encouraged to apply for a Paul Silva Student Research Grant.

- Student Grant Details