The Master Plant Science Team is a cohort of graduate students and post-doctoral researchers whose contribution to PlantingScience is that of a LIAISON role.  (Please note that this role is different from simply mentoring groups for PlantingScience.  If you have not already done so, please review the list of responsibilities here.)
 
To be eligible you must be a graduate student or post-doc and have reliable internet access during sessions (Sept - Nov AND Feb - Apr).

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* 1. Sponsoring Organization. Please select the Society you wish to sponsor your membership and review your application to the Master Plant Science Team. (You may not need to currently be a member of the sponsoring organization to apply.)

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* 2. Applicant Name

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* 3. Graduate Student or Postdoc?

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* 4. Confirm fall AND spring participation. To receive society sponsorship, you are agreeing to serve in BOTH fall (Sept - Nov) AND spring (Feb - Apr) sessions of PlantingScience. Please check the box below to indicate you understand and are willing to participate in 2 sessions.

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* 5. Have you participated as a PlantingScience mentor or MPST member before? If you've served on the MPST before, you are welcome to reapply by filling out this application. 

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* 6. Institution

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* 7. Time Zone

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* 8. Email Address

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* 9. Phone Number (in case we cannot reach you via email)

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* 10. Preferred T-shirt Size

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* 11. Please provide a 1-2 sentence description of your research interests in terms that a middle or high school student would understand.

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* 12. In one-two paragraphs describe your interest or reason for wanting to participate in the mentor team.

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* 13. List your previous mentorship and outreach experiences.

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* 14. Writing Sample
Imagine you are a mentor and your student team has posted the following research question and prediction below.

Our Research Question: What will the effects of Gatorade and Energy Drink have on maize?

Our Predictions: We predict that Gatorade will have little or no effect, while the energy drink will have a negative effect on the maize. This is due to the high water content in Gatorade, as opposed to different ingredients found in the energy drink.

Write a 3-5 sentence response these students as if you were their mentor. (Remember: assume these students are in middle or high school.)

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