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Image: Melissa Mercado
May 1, 2018

Students showcased their work at the 2018 Undergraduate Exhibition at the HUB-Robeson Center on April 18.

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April 30, 2018

Innovative undergraduate research programs from Penn State and Gettysburg College came together this weekend at Lake Raystown to share experiences hunting phages from land and sea.

February 15, 2018

Helping undergraduate students understand scientific knowledge through participation in research is a top priority for faculty in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Credit: Jonathan Stephens, Penn State
November 30, 2017

Jon Stephens, Plant Pathology minor, receives Penn State Agricultural Council's Youth Leadership Award.

Credit: Melissa Mercado, Penn State [cropped]
November 6, 2017

B.S. student Melissa Mercado is President of Adult Learners of Penn State and models for family and fellow students persevering hard work.

(L-R) Franco Acevedo, Sheevah Amen, Tim Peoples, Osaretin Aimufua | Image: Christina Dorsey, Penn State
June 5, 2017

Year two of three-year USDA NIFA AFRI project directed by Dr. Tim McNellis began eight-week summer program on June 5.

Aarushi Rana | Image: Christina Dorsey, Penn State
April 17, 2017

Mushroom Science and Technology minor Aarushi Rana aims to make life better in Mumbai, India.

Vija Wilkinson (L) and Carolee Bull (R) | Image: Christina Dorsey, Penn State
April 13, 2017

The Dept. of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology held its 2017 Annual Awards Ceremony on April 13.

Laura Ramos-Sepúlveda (L) | Image: Carolee Bull, Penn State
April 6, 2017

Drs. Carolee Bull and Laura Ramos-Sepúlveda began mushroom research collaboration with Lincoln University on April 6.

Image: Lianna Wodzicki, Penn State
March 28, 2017

Undergraduate Lianna Wodzicki was awarded 2nd Place in the Gamma Sigma Delta Research Exposition held March 28.

Image: Elena Christian, Penn State University
March 23, 2017

Undergraduate Elena Christian (McNellis Lab) won first place in the APS-Potomac Division Poster competition on March 23.

Sara Getson | Image: Charlotte Getson
February 16, 2017

B.S. student Sara Getson discovers love for plant sciences through PPEM courses, faculty mentors, and lab experiences.

Image: Elena Christian, Penn State University
January 9, 2017

McNellis lab undergraduate Elena Christian receives $2000 for her Spring 2017 student research proposal.

Image: Christina Dorsey, Penn State University
January 9, 2017

Geiser Lab undergraduate Clara Miller receives $2000 for her Spring 2017 student research proposal.

November 3, 2016

The year 2016 was a successful one for Dr. Tim McNellis, several former and current advisees, and select undergraduates.

October 27, 2016

The Daily Collegian reports on the successful first year of the Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology undergraduate club.

Image: Charlotte Getson
October 22, 2016

Undergraduate Sara Getson reports on the Northeastern Division of the American Phytopathological Society's annual meeting held Oct. 19-21.

(L-R) Chris Ramage, Carolee Bull, Laura Ramos-Sepúlveda, and Vsevolod Soltanov | Image: Christina Dorsey, Penn State University
September 14, 2016

First lab meeting of academic year planned research and welcomed new member Chris Ramage.

Image: Hunter Swisher, Penn State University
August 30, 2016

Plant Path and Mushroom Tech minors student Hunter Swisher was an invited member of a panel discussion organized by U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson.

(L-R) Tresel Benjamin, Marlia Bosques Ramírez, Mekiya Fletcher, Amanda Sukhram, Dr. Tim McNellis, and Octavio Rivera (Not pictured: Elena Christian) | Image: Nancy Wenner, Penn State University
July 28, 2016

The dept. congratulated the SROP and the Plant Friends and Foes students on the successful completion of their summer research.

(L-R) SEAREC interns Allyson Balmer and Kate Mobley, SEAREC Research Technologist Sadie Smith | Image: Nancy Wenner, Penn State University
June 29, 2016

Dr. Alyssa Collins writes about undergraduate student interns and the beneficial day they spent in the Dept. of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology (PPEM) on June 29.

"Plant Friends and Foes" student fellows
June 10, 2016

PPEM gave a special welcome today to six undergraduate students spending eight weeks this summer doing research and gaining valuable experience.

June 7, 2016

Amber Delhagen, a rising senior who works in Dr. Yinong Yang's lab, began a summer internship at DuPont Industrial Biosciences yesterday.

(L-R): Dr. Cristina Rosa, Natali Özber, Asifa Hameed, Andrew May, Kevin Cassidy, Kaixi Zhao, Dr. Paolo Margaria, and Joseph Walls.
April 30, 2016

Dr. Cristina Rosa, Asst. Prof. of Plant Virology, introduces her new lab members and highlights recent lab accomplishments.

Image: Jim McQuaide, VJM Photography
April 28, 2016

This year's Arbor Day Celebration at the Penn State Arboretum included a new PPEM station which focused on the role of microbes.

(L-R) Jennifer Petrella, Drew May, Rob Harvey, and Lianna Wodzicki. Image: Christopher Smyth
April 19, 2016

On April 19 the College of Agricultural Sciences hosted students from two Philadelphia high schools for Plant Sciences Recruitment Day.

April 8, 2016

Elena Christian, one of Dr. Tim McNellis's undergraduate students, was photographed while discussing her fire blight research at the 2016 Undergraduate Exhibition.

Image: Paolo Margaria
March 30, 2016

Dr. Paolo Margaria, Rosa lab postdoc, presented a seminar on plant viruses for Blooms and Shrooms, the PPEM undergraduate student club.

March 18, 2016

Fellowship program engages undergrads from minority-serving institutions and Penn State undergrads from underrepresented groups in active research and extension projects.

(L-R) Lianna Wodzicki, Melissa Mercado, Kevin Cassidy, Jen Petrella, Amber Delhagen, Drew May, Seva Soltanov, Jon Stephens, and Carolee Bull
February 9, 2016

A dynamic group of undergraduate researchers and minors has formed Blooms & Shrooms, the first-ever PPEM undergraduate club.

December 21, 2015

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences awarded Hunter Swisher more than $1,900 for his Undergraduate Student Research Proposal.

November 6, 2015

Penn State News this week features Sara Getson, Plant Science and French double major and Plant Pathology minor, whose long-time family tradition of mushroom hunting led to her dream of a plant science career.

April 7, 2015

Plant Science major Hunter Swisher’s poster placed second at the Gamma Sigma Delta Research Exposition on March 24, 2015.