Dear New Members:

Are you getting the most out of your membership in the Botanical Society of America?  As a new BSA member, we want you to know that you are part of an active community of scholars, researchers, teachers and students.  There is always so much going on with the Society that we thought it might be helpful to provide you with a reminder of some of the resources that are currently available to you.

First, there are a number of ways that you can become acquainted and network with over 3,000 BSA members. 
  • Attend BOTANY 2010, our annual scientific conference. Over 1100 attendees joined us in 2009 to present and hear diverse research topics as well as to connect and engage with botanists from around the globe.
  • Become a fan of the BSA on Facebook.  There you can post topics, questions and photos of interest to a community of over 700 plant enthusiasts. 
  • Join the Women-in-Botany listserv by signing up at:
  • Be on the lookout for BSA's Membership Directory 2.0 which will be launched soon.  The new directory will allow you to interact and share resources with other BSA members.
  • Check the News and Announcements section of for new postings on conferences, internships, and other meeting opportunities
  • Visit the Job/Careers board at for job postings submitted by our members
  • BSA is also on Twitter.  You can follow us there at:
Second, keep abreast of emerging scientific trends and the latest research and share your work with an international audience
  • Submit your best research to the American Journal of Botany for publication (AJB has recently been heralded as one of the top ten most influential journals in science and medicine)
  • Activate your online access to the American Journal of Botany, if you have not done so already.  You have access to almost 100 years of peer-reviewed botanical research!
  • Sign up to receive e-mail notices/alerts from the AJB at
  • Plan now to attend BOTANY 2010, July 31 - Aug 4 in Providence, Rhode Island and present a poster or talk on your research findings
Finally, get involved!
  • Visit and consider signing up to mentor middle and high school students with our educational outreach program
  • Volunteer to serve on a committee, as a BSA software beta tester, as a translator, or for other ongoing activities throughout the year
  • Post comments, photos and engage in discussions on our Facebook page
  • Give the office a call when you have a suggestion, question, or feedback to share
Please let me know if there is anything we can do to assist you as a BSA member.  This is a community where you can be connected to great ideas, research, resources and people.  If you have a question, please ask us  We are always here to help!

Best regards,

Heather Cacanindin
Membership & Subscriptions Director 
Botanical Society of America
4475 Castleman Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Ph: 314-577-9554
FAX: 314-577-9515

Mission: The Botanical Society of America exists to promote botany, the field of basic science dealing with the study and inquiry into the form, function, development, diversity, reproduction, evolution, and uses of plants and their interactions within the biosphere.





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