Partner Sponsorship of Master Plant Science Team

Support the PlantingScience MPST

Interested in supporting the PlantingScience Master Plant Science Team (MPST)?

The MPST is a group of early-career scientists who serve as liaisons between a participating secondary school teacher and their students’ scientist mentors.

Being on the MPST requires more effort and time than a volunteer mentor working with 1-2 teams/sessions. This is why partnering societies provide the perks offered. Former MPST members estimate about 5 hours/week when assigned as a liaison and when teams are most active (usually ~6-8 weeks/year).

Support from Sponsoring Societies: Support typically includes a free year of membership in the sponsoring society and/or a registration discount for the annual meeting (typically 50%). Most societies will sponsor graduate students and postdocs, some restrict eligibility to just graduate students. PlantingScience also provides a t-shirt and letter of recognition at the end of the year.

How it works:

Timeline PlantingScience will Partnering Society will
Mid to Late Spring

Send updated flyer for the partnering society to use to advertise the MPST:

Review and approve or make suggestions for updates (logo, due dates, number of sponsorships, details of eligibility, and support offered).

Late Spring

Notify partnering societies when approved flyers are available on the PlantingScience website.

Refer interested members to this website for more information (MPST link and flyers):


Advertise the MPST program via social media, email.

Advertise the program to members; PlantingScience staff will provide copy to use or modify for newsletters, social media, etc.

Early to Mid-August

Application deadline and MPST cohort selection: PlantingScience staff pre-review applications and send lists to each partnering society with recommended applicants.

PlantingScience Staff needs email addresses of partnering society representatives who will facilitate redeeming society membership/other perks to include on the email to sponsored MPST members.

Application deadline and MPST cohort selection:

The partnering societies reserve the right to select the MPST members they wish to sponsor.

Be sure PlantingScience Staff has appropriate contact information for society representatives.


PlantingScience staff will send an email notification to those who were selected and to those who were not. We will CC partnering society representatives on the acceptance notes and indicate that the society representative will follow up with any requirements to facilitate their sponsorship benefits.

Send PlantingScience Staff a list of MPST members they wish to sponsor and contact information of society representative.

Upon receiving the notification email from PlantingScience Staff, you may include any reporting requirements for your sponsored members in a follow-up email directly to them.

Early September

PlantingScience Staff will ask sponsored MPST members to confirm their acceptance and register on the PS platform by the end of the first week of September.

PlantingScience Staff will notify partnering societies of MPST members who have not responded by the deadline, and discuss sponsoring alternates.


Session starts; about half of MPST members will serve as liaisons for fall and will be paired with teachers, with half taking on mentoring roles in fall and held in reserve for the liaison role in the spring.


Partnering societies notify MPST members how to claim their free membership. OR partnering societies renew memberships and notify their MPST members. This depends on when membership renewals take place.


Late winter or early spring   Partnering societies notify MPST members how to redeem conference discount (if applicable) and follow up on any reporting requirements.



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