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Monica Lewandowski


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  • Organization
    Ohio State University

  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I study diseases of plants - the crops that we grow for food, the trees in the forest, and flowers in our gardens. I love working in agriculture and environmental science, education outreach, and communications. Healthy Plants, Healthy Planet!

  • Profile Question 1
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    As a scientist, I enjoy working on important issues in agriculture and the environment. I want to help farmers grow healthy crops so we can all have good food and a clean, beautiful environment. I learn interesting and new things every day. I love growing plants, taking care of plants, and learning about plants - whether I'm in a greenhouse, a garden, a farm or the forest. I also love flowers. I'm always happy when I'm around flowers in the garden!

  • Profile Question 2
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    My favorite plant is the orange tree. The orange blossoms smell like perfume in the spring, and the fruits are sweet and juicy. My second favorite plant is the Giant Sequoia tree in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, because they are so, so tall and majestic.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is the coolest thing you have discovered or learned about plants?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Plants can get sick too! Plant can also defend themselves against disease-causing microorganisms, such as fungi, bacteria and viruses. The plant defense system is not exactly like the human immune system, but there are interesting similarities. These systems are important to all organisms for health and survival. We try to learn all we can about "plant defense" so we can grow healthy, strong plants.

  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?

Recent Posts

The Breathtaking Botanists Monica Lewandowski

Your project is breathtaking!

The Breathtaking Botanists Monica Lewandowski

I am glad to read over any final conclusions.  That is ok about the graph, you can just explain that the plants died in your journal.  :)

It looks like the buckwheat was able to tolerate salt a little better than the radish. …

The Breathtaking Botanists Monica Lewandowski

Your teacher told the mentors that you are wrapping up!  I have had a great time being your mentor!

- Great work making the changes that I suggested.  That is a part of our work - getting feedback and making changes to improve our…


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