Professional Development

Want to have fun and develop your leadership skills and professional contacts at the same time? Then join one or more of the College’s student clubs and organizations. There are more than 30 to choose from, and each gives you the opportunity to apply what you’re learning in the classroom while making lifelong friends.

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

agronomy club in front of tractor at national meeting

The Agronomy Club strives to stimulate interest in agronomic work and provide leadership and training opportunities that allow students to make meaningful contacts with prominent professionals. Members can attend regional and national conventions, go on field trips and participate in the many contests offered by SASES. Other activities include our fundraisers, bonfire in the fall and baseball trip in the spring.

Faculty Sponsor: Reid Smeda, 573-882-1329

horticulture club selling roses

The Horticulture Club provides an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the greenhouse, provide service to both the University community and the community at large and to enjoy social recreation with students and faculty who share a common interest in plants. Members participate in many activities, field trips and tours, social activities and community service projects throughout the year. They also spend a lot of time working in the greenhouse to raise plants for the three large sales they host during the school year. The sales include a poinsettia sale in December, a rose sale on Valentine's Day and a bedding plant sale each spring.

Faculty Sponsor: David Trinklein, 573-882-9631

turf club fundraiser

Turf Club is for all students interested in golf course management. The chapter provides both information about career directions, as well as an avenue for an exchange of information and ideas among students and golf course professionals.

Faculty Sponsor: Brad Fresenburg, 573-442-4893
Faculty Co-Adviser: Lee Miller, 573-882-1824
Faculty Co-Adviser: Xi Xiong, 573-882-1824

Mizzou’s SAIFD chapter members standing in front of one of the art pieces at Art in Bloom: Saint Louis.

Mizzou Student Chapter of American Institute of Floral Designers, Inc.
The Mizzou SAIFD strives to further MU students' interest and involvement in floral design through special projects, seminars, and demonstrations. Additionally, this organization will interact with the floral industry through floral conventions and national AIFD symposiums.

Faculty Sponsor: Lesleighan Cravens, 573-884-1194

girl arranging flowers

Tiger Garden is MU's full-service floral shop and is predominately operated by students attending MU. Their mission is to expand the educational process by combining traditional textbook learning with hands-on small business experience in an entrepreneurial environment. Student employees experience what it's like to run a small business and solve the unexpected challenges associated with any business. They also develop the skills necessary to create quality floral products for the MU community.


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