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Graduate Student Handbook

Welcome to the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences programs for graduate education. Your time as a graduate student will be one of growth with a diverse range of learning opportunities placed before you. You are ultimately responsible for your path to professionalism, but the Plant and Soil Sciences faculty are here to help. As beginning professionals we encourage you to be involved with not only your research activities, but also with your fellow students and faculty colleagues. These networking opportunities and interactions will be some of the most valuable in your graduate career and beyond. Please don’t be shy, get to know both fellow students and the faculty. You are not alone. Enjoy the challenges and growth opportunities that lie ahead.

The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences offers graduate work leading to the Master of Science degree in Plant and Soil Sciences, the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Crop Science, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Soil Science.  Within these three programs are the following areas of specialization:

Crop Physiology
Cropping Systems & Modeling
Plant Biotechnology
Plant Breeding and Genetics
Soil Chemistry
Soil Fertility &
Nutrient Management
Soil Microbiology
Soil Morphology and Genesis
Soil Physics
Sustainable Agriculture
Water and Waste Management
Weed Science

Graduate Student Annual Review Form

This review must be completed by both student and advisor

by MAY 25, 2018

(Any unsatisfactory reports are due to Dr. Anderson by May 29, 2018)

Graduate Student Annual Review Form FILLABLE

Graduate Assessment Paperwork

Graduate students nearing the end of their program need to make certain that their committee members and major advisor receive copies of the necessary assessment paperwork. Faculty members are responsible for returning the paperwork to Melanie Bayles (171 AGH).  If you have questions about the forms, please contact the Academic Program Coordinator, Melanie Bayles (


Professional Skills (2017) - to be completed by advisor


Oral Communication Form (2017) - to be completed by each committee member after seminar presentation


Thesis/Dissertation Writing (2017) - to be completed by committee

Core Knowledge (2017) - to be completed by committee

Graduating Student Information Form (2017) - to be completed by graduating student before graduation


Important Web Links

2018 Graduate Student Organization

President, Ryan Bryant-Schlobohm

Vice-President, Gwen Wehmeyer

Secretary, Josh Maples

Treasurer, Anna Zander

GPSGA Representatives

Elizabeth Eickhoff,
Pratishtha Poudel,


Student Advisors

Jodie Crose,

Emily Landoll,



Dr. Shiping Deng,