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Master Plant Science Team

A Sponsored Opportunity for Graduate Students

Download ESA Mastering Planting Science Team Brochure [PDF]

The Ecological Society of America invites graduate students to join the 2022-2023 Planting Science Master Plant Science Team. Applications are due August 19, 2022. (Extended through Aug 21, 2022)

The Master Plant Science Team is co-sponsored by the ESA Education, Natural History and Plant Population sections. MPST is designed to provide compensation for a cohort of 5 graduate students who make a substantial contribution as an online scientist mentor.

PlantingScience is a learning and research resource, bringing together students from grades 6-12, plant scientists, and teachers from across the nation. Students engage in hands-on plant investigations, working with peers and scientist mentors to build collaborations and to improve their understanding of science. Student groups are mentored by scientists online as they complete an inquiry-based curriculum in their classroom. Managed by the Botanical Society of America. ESA is a Scientific Society partner.

Members of the Master Plant Science Team receive:

  • free year membership to the ESA 
  • 50% off meeting registration (student rate) at next year’s ESA Annual Meeting
  • PlantingScience T-shirt

ESA Membership and 50% Meeting Registration for MPST are sponsored by the ESA’s Education, Natural History and Plant Populations Sections.

Joining the Team involves:

  • Participate in online mentorship training 
  • Mentor 2-3 teams via the web in both fall and spring sessions (each session lasts ~ 2 months)
  • Posting to student web pages ~3 times per week when teams are active
  • Provide extra support and facilitating communication for one classroom teacher and his/her teams

One year as a member of the Master Plant Science Team has the potential to positively affect the rest of your professional life, and inspire life-long appreciation for plant science in young learners.


How to Apply

APPLY AT Master Plant Science Website by August 19, 2022


Contact the PlantingScience team: gro.ecneicsgnitnalpnull@maetsp

Current ESA membership not required. Please pass this information on to others who might be interested.



Participating as a mentor with PlantingScience has been a tremendously valuable experience! I feel like I have an opportunity to communicate my life’s passion as a scientist and researcher to students in a medium that makes such communication possible like no other resource I have seen…

 How could any scientist not want to do this? Learning from the students and understanding how they approach scientific topics and the scientific method helps me communicate my research to a more general audience. Simply put, PlantingScience makes me a better researcher and teacher”