Join the Master Plant Science Team!

MPST Member CollageAre you a graduate student or post-doctoral researcher interested in a chance to get involved and trained in K-12 outreach?

Would you like to develop your leadership and facilitation skills and connect with both scientists and K-12 teachers without leaving your desk?

Do you have a handful of hours per week to commit during BOTH the Fall and Spring PlantingScience Sessions?


Consider joining the PlantingScience Master Plant Science Team!

What is the MPST?

PlantingScience facilitates a partnership between scientists, teachers and students.  In order to make that partnership flow, each teacher is assigned an MPST member to serve as a scientist liaison. In this role, MPST members facilitate communication between the teacher, the scientists, and the PlantingScience Staff.


  • Participate in online mentorship training
  • Facilitate communication between mentors and the teacher, and vice versa.
  • Recruit scientist mentors to mentor student groups.
  • Mentor 1-2 student teams and respond to student teams when assigned mentors are called away
  • Submit weekly liaison reports on the progress of your teachers’ teams.
  • Nominate the best of your teacher’s teams for star project awards.


  • Inspire middle and high school students with a new appreciation for plants and science
  • Give back to K-12 education and support innovative teachers in their efforts to bring real science to their students
  • Gain communication and mentoring experience and skills
  • Sponsored benefits by participating scientific societies include free membership and other benefits (see society brochures for details).
  • PlantingScience t-shirt

Selection Criteria

MPST members are selected based on:

  • Past PlantingScience experience as a mentor and/or past MPST member.
  • Evaluation of the writing sample requested in the application, with an emphasis on the applicant's use of an appropriate tone, age-appropriate vocabulary, and adherence to best practices in mentoring.
  • Availability of  (and eligibility for) sponsorship opportunities within their chosen partnering society.


Master Plant Science Team Sponsoring Societies

The following societies offer sponsored positions on the Master Plant Science Team. Before applying, please read through the recruitment brochure for the society whose sponsorship you'd like to pursue:

BSA_200_graybg.png Botanical Society of America sponsors graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.

Download BSA brochure

ASPB_Logo_Transparent-200.png American Society of Plant Biologists sponsors graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.

Download ASPB brochure

CBA-ABC_Logo_Gray.png Canadian Botanical Association/L'Association Botanique du Canada sponsors graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.

Download CBA-ABC brochure

ESA-Transparent.png Ecological Society of America sponsors graduate students only.

Download ESA brochure

Tri-Ags-Transparent.png The American Society of Agronomy/Crop Science Society of America/Soil Science Society of America will sponsor graduate students and post-doctoral researchers who are currently members of one of these societies.

Download ASA/CSSA/SSSA brochure

apspms342.jpg The American Phytopathological Society will sponsor 1 graduate student or postdoc.

Download APS brochure

Click here to apply now!

The application will close in August, 2022.
Please see the brochures linked above for specific due dates for each society.

Join today to share botany with tomorrow's scientists and informed citizens!