Assist in a faculty research project or do your own independent study.
Participate in one of many departmental research projects.
Breeding: Help develop new cultivars of wheat, canola, mustard or potatoes.
Biopesticides: Explore how crushed mustard seeds are a natural deterrent for weeds, insects, and nematodes.
Bioethanol: Participate in research to develop wheat straw into a high octane biodegradable fuel. Paid positions are available.
Plant and Soil Science Club (PSSC): Grow plants for sales, travel to Portland to visit the Japanese Gardens and the World Forestry Center.
Soil Stewards: Work at the on-campus organic farm.
Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Club (MMBBC): Interact with students who share your interest in biotechnology.
Agricultural Student Affairs Council (AgSAC): Become a student leader.
Intern. Most students complete an internship between their junior and senior years. Get practical experiences like these:
- Microplant Nurseries, Inc.: Regenerate plants from cells and tissues.
- Twyford Plant Laboratories: Identify disease-resistant plants using molecular techniques.
- USDA-ARS: Identify and isolate genes for modification of crop plants such as wheat, barley, sugar beets and potatoes.
Study abroad. Deepen your understanding of your major — and the world — to see the potential impact of plant biotechnology in countries like these:
- Taiwan: Study orchid production.
- Mexico: Explore mango and coffee production.
- India: Compare modern cropping systems with century-old farming practices.
Volunteer. Give back. Grow organic produce at a university plant science farm, and donate the produce to a local food bank. Help maintain the Nature Conservancy’s historic ranch on the Snake River.
The department’s facilities include two plant science farms and two state-of-the-art greenhouses.