Hands-on academic experience

Career opportunities in plant sciences continue to grow, and through hands-on research and training across disciplines, students gain essential knowledge and entrepreneurial skills that open their horizons.

Activity in the Institute for Plant Sciences ranges widely, from training undergraduate students in research, to professional development of graduate students across the college and campus, to exploring ways to push innovation in controlled environments to the field, and vice versa.

Molecular Agriculture Summer Institute (MASI)

MASI students - 06/25/2018 - It is the annual Molecular Agriculture Summer Institute program hosted by the Office of Academic Programs. Photos were requested by Amy Jones.

The Institute for Plant Sciences and Purdue's Office of Academic Programs offer a summer research fellowship called Molecular Agriculture Summer Institute (MASI) for undergraduates to explore the wide-ranging field of plant sciences and STEM fields. Students benefit from hands-on research, science communication training and networking experience.

Students accepted into the program spend 11 weeks as assistants in the labs of faculty research mentors; report their research experience to varied audiences; and present a research poster at an industry site.

Graduate training in plant sciences

Photos shot 7/2 in the Controlled Environment Phenotyping Facility (CEPF) and the Horticulture Greenhouses at the request of Erin Robinson, Phil Fiorini and Nancy Alexander. Photos will be used with web stories by Alexander for Ag Comm and Fiorini with Purdue’s Marketing and Media.

Many graduate students train in basic plant sciences and are trained by faculty mentors in the Center for Plant Biology (CPB). Graduates can also earn degrees directly through College of Agriculture departmental programs. The Center for Plant Biology offers an innovative curriculum and diverse research opportunities with faculty mentors representing seven academic departments and two colleges.

Our programs combine world-renowned faculty and state-of-the-art facilities, providing an unparalleled and multifaceted experience that prepare students for rewarding careers in plant sciences.