Botanical Society of AmericaBSA Public Policy Award

Supporting early-career botanical scientists to attend a Virtual Congressional Visits Day in Washington, DC

The BSA Public Policy Committee invites applications annually for the BSA Public Policy Award.

This award covers registration expenses for two early-career botanists to attend the Virtual Congressional Advocacy Event.

Click here to see the 2022 award winners.

Award winners will also be featured in the Plant Science Bulletin and on the BSA web page.

Congressional Visits Day is an annual event hosted by the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition. Recipients obtain first-hand experience at the interface of science and public policy. The first day includes policy and communications training provided by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), focusing on the legislative process and trends in federal funding for science, and how to effectively communicate with policymakers. Participants will meet with their Congressional policymakers, during which they will advocate for federal support of scientific research.

To read about award recipients’ past experiences, see p. 160 of this issue of the Plant Science Bulletin: "Public Policy News"

The award is open to all BSA members, but preference will be given to those who are in the first two years of a permanent position, postdocs, and students (graduate or undergraduate).

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

For questions about the award, email