The Western Forum on Pest Management started awarding Student Travel Bursaries to encourage grad student participation at our annual meeting since 2017. This year, 4 travel bursaries, intended for a BC, AB, SK and MB students, are available to be awarded to cover attendance and travel costs. Travel to Kelowna will likely still require travel costs for BC students and interested students are encouraged to attend and apply if offsetting travel and accommodation costs would facilitate their attendance and understanding of the scope of the annual Western Forum meeting.

Background: This new program provides free registration and includes conference meals for graduate students studying plant pathology or entomology at Universities located in the four western provinces. There are four potential travel awards available; one for each of BC, AB, SK, & MB in 2019. Each award has a maximum value of $750 based on a travel budget submitted by the graduate student applicant. It is generally expected that the full sum of the award will be awarded to offset travel, accommodation, meals and incidental costs not included in the conference registration. Awards will be based on both student merit and financial need in order for students to attend, awarded at the discretion of the selection committee. 

EXTENSION -  Without an applicant from BC in 2019,  we have chosen to extend this deadline for applicants attending School in BC to next Week, Wed Oct 9th.

Application process: A graduate student applying for a WFPM Travel Award must submit the following application documents to Robyne Bowness by email at robyne.bowness@gov.ab.ca (403-782-8023):

1) a copy of their CV;

2) a half page overview of their research project;

3) a brief budget for travel; and

4) a short recommendation letter from their supervisor.

Register now for Western Forum this year from October 23rd to 25th at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/western-forum-2019-tickets-65804213173

Ensure you reserve a room at the Kelowna Kanata.  Telephone 1-888-700-2264, Room Block under WFPM or use booking code within registration email.

Student Travel Award – Western Forum on Pest Management Annual Meeting: Oct 23-25th, Kelowna BC
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