The Plant Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability Predoctoral Training Program actively encourages participation by students, faculty and staff from underrepresented minority groups, individuals with disabilities and military veterans. Approx. 30% of our NIH funded participants are from groups underrepresented in plant biotechnology and 15% of the participants are veterans.
In addition to promoting the PBHS program at conferences and departmental seminar visits, our faculty have a commitment to raise awareness of the program and career options in science among groups underrepresented in STEM disciplines. Here are some examples:
Program director Robert Last attended the NIGMS Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity Program Directors' Meeting in Baltimore, MD June 18-20.
EC member Beronda Montgomery attended the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference (new.emerging-researchers.org/) in February 2017.
EC member Tim Whitehead is an invited speaker at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey RISE program, 28 January 2017.
EC members Beronda Montgomery and Kevin Walker attended the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Tampa, Florida in November 2016. They discussed opportunities for undergraduate research and graduate training at MSU, including the PBHS graduate training program and PlantGenomics at MSU summer REU program.
Trainer Christoph Benning visited West Virginia State University on November 18, 2016. Christoph gave a research presentation and discussed training opportunities at MSU including the PBHS predoctoral training program and the Plant Genomics REU program. His visit was hosted by former Benning group postdoc Dr. Sanjaya, Director of the WVSU Energy and Environmental Science Institute.
Beronda Montgomery visited the MARC program at Northeastern Illinois University, 6 May 2016.
Robert Last visited students and faculty of the Biology Department of Spellman College, Atlanta, GA, 4 February, 2016.
Beronda Montgomery attended the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, in Washington, DC 25-27 February 2016.
Robert Last visited three campuses of the California State University system in the Los Angeles area, hosted by the MARC program at each campus:
CSU Fullerton, 4 November 2015
CSU Dominguez Hills, 5 November 2015
CSH Northridge, 6 November 2015.
Cornelius Barry spoke to participants of the MANRRS regional conference at MSU, 31 October, 2015.
Robert Last attended the NIGMS Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity Program Directors' Meeting in Chantilly, Virginia June 3-5 2015.