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Plant Sciences Recruitment Day in PPEM

Posted: April 19, 2016

On April 19 the College of Agricultural Sciences hosted students from two Philadelphia high schools for Plant Sciences Recruitment Day.
(L-R) Jennifer Petrella, Drew May, Rob Harvey, and Lianna Wodzicki. Image: Christopher Smyth

(L-R) Jennifer Petrella, Drew May, Rob Harvey, and Lianna Wodzicki. Image: Christopher Smyth

On April 19 Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences hosted fifty Philadelphia-area students from W. B. Saul High School and Lincoln High School for Plant Sciences Recruitment Day. The Dept. of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology (PPEM) was one of four departments invited to participate.

The PPEM sessions with twelve to fourteen students at a time began with a ten-minute lecture about what is plant pathology and some interesting, important plant diseases throughout history.  This was followed by ten-minute rotations of interactive stations involving microscopy with bacteria and fungi, diagnosing diseases with the Plant Disease Clinic, and mushroom science and technology.

Drs. Carolee Bull and John Pecchia, Plant Disease Clinic Coordinator Sara May, Postdoc Laura Ramos-Sepulveda, Ph.D. candidates Rob Harvey and Christopher Smyth, M.S. student Jennie Mazzone, and undergraduates Kevin Cassidy, Drew May, Jennifer Petrella, and Lianna Wodzicki helped during the event and provided the materials to make this outreach so successful.

Plant Sciences Recruitment Day gives students who have taken plant science classes at their high school an opportunity to experience what Penn State students study in the areas of arboriculture, landscape design, hydroponics and aquaponics, and plant pathogens.

Contact Information

Christopher W. Smyth
  • Ph.D. Candidate
Phone: 814-865-7343