Professional Development

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

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

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

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) 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

Other Mizzou student organizations and programs can be found through Mizzou Life.


Graduate Students in the Division of Plant Sciences are encouraged to belong to professional societies and to participate in annual research meetings. Faculty advisors will be able to guide you in this area.