Professional Development

MU Graduate Student Organizations

Here are a few organizations you might consider joining as a plant sciences graduate student:

CV Riley Entomological Society

The C.V. Riley Entomological Society is involved in the development and promotion of public interest in entomology. Members promote public awareness of entomology through participation in community events such as Earth Day, Haunted House of Hoops, Bioblitz surveys, and class presentations at local elementary schools.  The society also sponsors a picnic and an insect collecting trip each fall.

Faculty Sponsor: Debbie Finke

Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association represents graduate student interests within the Division of Plant Sciences. The purpose is to enhance the academic pursuits and social lives of graduate students by supporting and promoting educational, social and cultural events.

Faculty Sponsor: Jim Schoelz

Linnaean Games

The Linnaean Games Team competes in a quiz-bowl style competition on entomological facts. The team consists of a maximum of four students and may be composed of either graduate or undergraduate students. Teams compete head-to-head in single-elimination tournaments at the branch and national levels.

Faculty Sponsor: Kevin Rice

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Mizzou Plant Breeding & Genetics Club the purpose of this organization is to unite students who have a unique interest in plant breeding, and the genetics related to plant breeding, and to provide an opportunity for these students to gain experience, explore career options, and further their knowledge of plant breeding in order to benefit themselves and the community.

Faculty Sponsor: Andrew Scaboo

Students for the Advancement of Plant Pathology (SAPP)

Students for the Advancement of Plant Pathology (SAPP) is an association that represents graduate students interested in plant microbiology and pathology within the Division of Plant Sciences. Our mission is to promote graduate research in plant microbiology and pathology through research stipends, encourage professional development through travel grants to attend scientific meetings and workshops, invite and host prominent speakers in the field for the Millikan Memorial Lecture, and participate in public outreach events that promote the field of plant microbiology and pathology.

Faculty Sponsor: Melissa Mitchum

Professional Societies and Associations

Graduate Students in the Division of Plant Sciences are encouraged to belong to professional societies and to participate in annual research meetings. Students in our division belong to one or more of the professional societies listed below.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association.

American Phytopathological Society (APS)American Phytopathological Society (APS) is the premier society dedicated to high-quality, innovative plant pathology research.

American Society of Agronomy (ASA)American Society of Agronomy (ASA) members are dedicated to the conservation and wise use of natural resources to produce food, feed, and fiber crops while maintaining and improving the environment.

American Society of Virology (ASV)American Society of Virology (ASV) provides a forum for investigators of human, animal, insect, plant, fungal, and bacterial viruses, whether the research involves clinical, ecological, biological, or biochemical approaches.

American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is a professional society devoted to the advancement of the plant sciences.

Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) is seen as a progressive scientific society meeting the needs of its members through publications, recognition and awards, placement service, certification programs, meetings, and student activities.

Ecological Society of America (ESA)Ecological Society of America (ESA) is an organization of scientists who raise public awareness, increase available resources and communicate with policy-makers on ecological issues.

Entomological Society of America (ESA)Entomological Society of America (ESA) is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines.

International Society for Molecular & Plant-Microbe Interactions (IS-MPMI)International Society for Molecular & Plant-Microbe Interactions (IS-MPMI) is comprised of members who research molecular aspects of microorganisms interacting with plants and the consequences of such interactions.

International Turf Society (ITS)International Turf Society (ITS) is a scientific organization which encourages research and education in turfgrass science, and promotes personal communication among the international community of turfgrass researchers.

Mycological Society of America (MSA)Mycological Society of America (MSA) is a scientific society dedicated to advancing the science of mycology - the study of fungi of all kinds including mushrooms, molds, truffles, yeasts, lichens, plant pathogens, and medically important fungi.

North Central Weed Science Society (NCWSS)North Central Weed Science Society (NCWSS) delivers research, education, and training to persons responsible for weeds and their management in land use systems.

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a progressive international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils.

Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS)Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) serves as an advocate for conservation professionals and for science-based conservation practice, programs, and policy.

Weed Science Society of America (WSSA)Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) is an organization that fosters an awareness of weeds and their impact on our environment.

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