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.




27th Graduate Student Symposium
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Saturday, April 6, 2019


Call for Abstracts

Students of all levels engaged in a project relating to any aspect of plant science in western North America are encouraged to participate. Abstracts for completed, in-progress, or proposed research will be accepted, and presentations may take the form of talks or posters. Each talk will be 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions.

Past meetings have drawn students and faculty from across the western United States.

Information about travel grants, and registration (including for field trips before or after the meeting) will be posted soon.

Abstract deadline: March 1, 2019

Submit Abstract


Ticket Prices

$25 - Graduate Student Symposium (includes lunch)
$25 - Annual Banquet students
$60 - Annual Banquet regular (this rate helps subsidize the student rate)

Location of 27th Graduate Student Symposium

Fisher Science Building
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405


Register Online

Please join us on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for the Society's annual banquet and the 27th Graduate Student Symposium. The Symposium is open to the public.

Grad Symposium Registration
Lunch choice
2019 Annual Banquet
Dinner choice
2019 Field Trips

Annual Banquet

5:00 PM – Social & Annual Meeting (No-host Bar)
6:00 PM – Dinner and presentation

The Society's annual banquet will follow immediately after the Symposium, with a keynote address by Dr. David Lowry entitled "“Mechanisms of local adaptations to California’s coastal and inland habitats in the yellow monkey flower.” Dr. Lowry is an Assistant Professor of Plant Biology at Michigan State University.

Location of Banquet
Chumash Auditorium
Cal Poly
McPhee University Union, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Field Trips

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

Friday, April 5, 2019: Nishi Rajakaruna will lead a trip to local serpentine rock outcrops
Start time: 3:00 PM
$5/person. Pre-registration required.

Sunday, April 7, 2019: David Keil will lead a trip to Shell Creek Road, a famous viewing location in eastern San Luis Obispo County
Start time: 8:30 AM
$5/person. Pre-registration required.


Register by Mail for the Symposium,
Banquet and Field Trips

Please fill out the registration form and send payment to the address below. This registration form covers the 27th Graduate Student Symposium, the 2019 Annual Banquet, and related field trips.

Registration Form

California Botanical Society
c/o Jepson Herbarium
1001 Valley Life Sciences Building
Berkeley, CA 94720-2465

Registration closes March 29, 2019

Hotels & Other Accommodations, including Camping Opportunities

We have prepared a list of several area hotels and other alternative accommodations, including camping sites you may want to consider.


Travel Grants for the 27th Graduate Student Symposium

The California Botanical Society is pleased to offer several $150 travel grants to eligible students who are members of the Society. Recipients will be randomly selected from the pool of eligible applicants, with preference given to students coming from outside San Luis Obispo County. You must be presenting your research at the Symposium.

To apply, complete the 2019 Travel Grant Application form below by Monday, March 11, 2019. Recipients will be notified by mid-March, and will receive the award when they check-in at the Symposium.

Travel Grant Application Form