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American Society of Plant Biologists supports science outreach by grad students and postdocs
Date:10/21/2011

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) has named 12 plant biology researchers as science education mentors for the PlantingScience Master Plant Science Team (MPST).

PlantingScience is an educational and research resource that brings together middle and high school students, plant scientists, and teachers in a virtual learning environment. Students engage in hands-on plant investigations while working with peers at their schools and online with scientist mentors to build collaborations and enhance their understanding of plant science.

Members of the MPST are graduate students and postdoctoral researchers active in all areas of plant science research with an interest in participating in outreach. MPST mentors help middle and high school students and their classroom teachers to develop practical, insightful research skills while investigating the plant themes and teaching modules provided by the PlantingScience program.

More than 9,000 middle and high school students, 2,500 research teams, and teachers in 34 states have experienced the brand of scientific inquiry offered by PlantingScience. Unlike the repetitive lab exercises with predicted outcomes common in many classrooms and textbooks, Pl
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Contact: Adam Fagen
afagen@aspb.org
301-296-0898
American Society of Plant Biologists
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