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Master Plant Science Team

Seeking new scientist mentors: Join us!

PlantingScience is a simple, effective and efficient avenue for outreach, where scientists can share their passion for plants and science with the next generation of young scientists and citizens.

It is a lot of fun interacting with students from an age group I don’t have the chance to spend a lot of time with. It is a good reminder of where public knowledge of plant science stands, and a great opportunity for me to practice explaining key concepts in a simple and straightforward way. - PlantingScience Mentor

Requirements and Expectations

We accept scientists at all levels, from emeritus/retired professionals through advanced undergraduates. Scientists should be comfortable communicating in English, and be capable of adjusting your communication style to the fit needs of students at different levels.

Mentoring takes about an hour a week for every two teams and can be done from anywhere with an internet connection.

Mentoring requires a commitment to post to teams every few days while student projects are active. The student teams rely on your help for their projects, and can get discouraged if they don’t hear from you regularly.

We have two sessions during a year:

  • Fall: September-November
  • Spring: February - April

You are welcome to participate just in those sessions that work for your schedule. Learn more about mentoring in our Mentor Handbook.


Does this program sound like a good fit for you?

Sign up to be a scientist mentor here.


If you are new to PlantingScience, we welcome you! You do not need to have mentored previously to apply for the Master Plant Science Team, although it helps! However, you MUST create a mentor profile on in order to be on the MPST.

A special opportunity for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers is available to those interested in a year-long commitment in exchange for great benefits. For information and an application to the Master Plant Science Team, click here.

Contact Us

Please contact PlantingScience staff by email ( if you have any questions about the program or how to join.