Master Plant Science Team: A Sponsored Opportunity for Graduate Students and Post-doctoral Researchers

What is the Master Plant Science Team?


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Are 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 mentor student research teams, without ever leaving your desk?

 

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

 

The MPST is your chance to

be more than a mentor!


Responsibilities:

  • Participate in online mentorship training
  • Mentor 2-3 student teams via the web during BOTH fall (September-November) and Spring (February-April) sessions
  • Serve as a PlantingScience liaison in EITHER Fall or Spring:
    • Work closely with an assigned middle or high school teacher.
    • Help the teacher select and communicate with other scientist mentors.
    • Help monitor teachers’ teams and step into conversations as necessary to keep all conversations going strong.
    • Submit weekly liaison reports on the progress of your teachers’ teams.
    • Nominate the best of your teacher’s teams for star project awards.
    • Provide feedback to staff and mentor team

Benefits:

  • 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

Choose a Sponsor:

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

    Brochure not currently available.

  • American Society of Plant Biologists sponsors graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.

    Brochure not currently available.

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

    Brochure not currently available.

  • Ecological Society of America sponsors graduate students only.

    Brochure not currently available.

  • 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.

    Brochure not currently available.

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

    Brochure not currently available.

     

To apply, you'll need to provide:

  • which Society you’d like to sponsor you,
  • your complete contact information,
  • a paragraph describing your interests/reasons for wanting to join the mentoring team,
  • a brief list of your previous mentoring and outreach experience, and
  • what probing questions or comments from you as an online mentor might help guide an example team to think critically about their research ideas?

The application deadline has passed for the 2021-2022 year. Please check again during the spring of 2022 for the 2022-2023 year.

Click here for examples of student projects.

 

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