Do research. Make hands-on discoveries.
Assist in a faculty research project or do your own independent study. Test the potential of mustard seed meal to deter weeds, insects and nematodes in soil. Help select rust-resistant wheats from among thousands of plants in a breeding program. Study herbicide resistance in weeds. Paid positions are available.
Our faculty is also working on:
- Growing new varieties of wheat, mustard, canola and beans
- Investigating biological and environmental risks of transgenic crops
- Discovering new approaches to protect crops from pests
- Improving crops for use as biofuels
Plant and Soil Science Club: Grow plants for sale; take field trips.
Soil Stewards: Work at the on-campus organic farm.
Agribusiness Club: Meet business leaders and potential employers, learn about internships, and get help developing your resume and improving your interviewing skills.
Intern. Get real-world experiences likes these:
- Western Farm Service: Assist company agronomist in research trials on the effects of fertilization on the performance of grapes, hops, mint and other crops.
- Coors Brewing Company: Manage malting barley field trials.
- Syngenta: Help field biologists develop new pest management products.
Study abroad. Deepen your understanding of your major—and the world—in countries like these:
- Taiwan: Study rice production.
- Mexico: Visit mango and coffee plantations.
- India: Learn about 1,000-year-old farming practices on terraced hillsides.
Volunteer. Give back. Grow organic produce at the plant science farm and donate it 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.