To Fellow Science Students,

Recently, several student members of the Botanical Society of America developed an open letter to lawmakers to express our hope that policymakers in Washington, DC, will sustain a national commitment to invest in our nation's scientific research, development, and education systems.

Federal funding for science and science education programs is important to us all. Thus, we invite you to join us in a nationwide effort to communicate to lawmakers in Washington, DC, the importance of continued federal investments in science.

Please show your support for this effort by signing the following electronic petition.


Lindsey K. Tuominen
Doctoral Candidate in Forest Resources
University of Georgia

Natalie Ma
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
University of California, Los Angeles
Brendan Hodkinson
Doctoral Candidate in Biology
Duke University
Michael McKain
Doctoral Candidate in Plant Biology
University of Georgia
Christine Scoffoni
Doctoral Candidate in Plant Ecophysiology
University of California, Los Angeles

Marian Chau
Doctoral Candidate in Botany
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Student Representative for the Botanical Society of America
Rachel Meyer
Doctoral Candidate in Biology
City University of New York
Student Representative for the Botanical Society of America
Juan Carlos Villarreal
Doctoral Candidate in Ecology and Evolution
University of Connecticut

Candice Groat
Masters of Science in Biology
California State University, Dominguez Hills

Update: We've Reached 2,900 Signatures

As of September 2011, we have received over 2,900 signatures from students pursuing a Ph.D., Master's, or bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. On 8 September 2011, the letter was sent to all members of Congress. Click here to download a copy of the signed petition.

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