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.
26th Graduate Student Symposium
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Ticket Prices$40 - Graduate Student Symposium (includes boxed lunch sandwich with salad)
$30 - Annual Banquet students
$75 - Annual Banquet regular (this rate helps subsidize the student rate)
8:00 AM - 26th Graduate Student Symposium
8:45 - 2:45 PM -- Contributed Talks
4:00 - 5:30 PM -- Poster Session
6:00 PM – Social & Annual Banquet (No-host Bar)
7:00 PM – Dinner and presentation
Detailed ProgramRevised 3/26/17
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.Abstract submission for talks is now closed. However, we can accommodate several more posters. Please contact Adam Schneider if you are interested.
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.
As part of the Symposium, we will be offering the following two field trips:
Friday, April 7, 2017: Steve Junak and Matt Guilliams will lead a trip to the Santa Cruz Island (limit 20) SOLD OUT
Sunday, April 9, 2017: Larry Ballard and Matt Guilliams will lead a trip to Figueroa Mountain (no limit)
Hotels & Other Accommodations
We have prepared a list of several area hotels you may want to consider. Unfortunately, special hotel rates for conference participants are no longer available.
Student Camping Opportunity
To help reduce costs for students, as well as provide an additional opportunity for socializing and networking, we have reserved a group campsite for Friday night April 7th at Carpenteria State Beach. The beach is about 15 miles east of Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, and about 22 miles northwest of Ventura marina, where Friday's field trip to Santa Cruz Island will be returning to. Overnight accommodations are limited to 25 student members of the Society, but there is still space available. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide group camping on Saturday night after the banquet.
Sign Up for student camping at Carpinteria State Beach
Travel Grants for the 26th Graduate Student Symposium
Students who were awarded a travel grant may pick them up on April 8 at the registration table.
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