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Purdue Floriculture


 Welcome to the Lopez Lab at Purdue University

We would like to thank you for your interest in becoming a member of our applied floriculture research and Extension team. The mission of our lab is to foster an engaging research and learning environment that promotes team-work, a community atmosphere, and camaraderie among all lab members. My approach in mentoring and advising graduate students is to invest a significant amount of my time to train each student to be plant scientists and to ensure that an appropriate level of resources, opportunities, and support are made available throughout a student's degree. Upon graduation, my goal is to have trained well-rounded individuals that have not only published their research in both grower and peer-reviewed scientific publications, but that posses the skills and knowledge necessary to be competitive and successful in the horticulture industry and academia.
What are we looking for?
Our lab accepts exceptional, hard-working, self-motivated, and energetic students that have received or are near completion of their B.S. or M.S. degree in horticulture, plant biology, ecology, or a related plant science field. As admission criteria to our program, we expect that prospective graduate students come with some level of research experience, either in a previous academic program or in the field, and have a strong interest in floriculture production. Generally, students should have a GPA of 3.0 or greater, and (if applicable) TOEFL scores that exceed university minimums. As part of the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture department requirements, students apply through the Purdue Graduate School. All potential candidates are required to participate in a formal campus interview prior to acceptance. All graduate students must be funded prior to admission to our department, which means that students either come with their own financial support or receive a research or teaching assistantship (RA or TA) or graduate school fellowship.  Prior to beginning their graduate studies, students are highly encouraged to complete an internship or work experience at a greenhouse facility related to their field of study
Prospective post-doctoral researchers or visiting scholars and scientists are also encouraged to contact me with your interests.  I also welcome visiting international scientists with a demonstrated record of excellence in greenhouse and or floriculture research that may wish to conduct a research sabbatical or short-stay in our laboratory – usually these scholars are expected to attain the majority of funding from their home institutions.