MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Molecular Plant Sciences Program

Welcome to MPS

Michigan State University has one of the world's highest concentrations of plant scientists and leads in all areas of plant science research and education. The MPS graduate program brings together the breadth and depth of MSU faculty who apply diverse methods to study photosynthetic organisms.


Why study molecular plant sciences

Plants support most life on earth. They are the foundation of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and provide essential services and materials to people.

Molecular plant scientists study the genetic, biophysical, and biochemical processes that plants use to capture solar energy and use it to biosynthesize food, fuel, wood and paper, textiles, and pharmaceuticals. Fundamental molecular plant science knowledge is critical for:

  1. Improving agricultural productivity and sustainability
  2. Developing new renewable energy sources
  3. Making novel compounds to improve human health and diet
  4. Improving plant responses to environmental challenges

Why Michigan State University

 

 

World-Class Environment

  • Unsurpassed expertise in basic and applied plant biology areas
  • Over 50 faculty in eight departments and two colleges
  • State of the art facilities

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Program Breadth

  • Dual major program with participating departments
  • Networking and training opportunities
  • Three 8-week lab rotations to broaden cross-discipline exposure

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Integrated Coursework

  • First-year core courses provide unified and rigorous education in modern plant molecular sciences
  • Wide range of electives in all areas of basic and applied plant biology
  • Diversity of graduate seminars on cutting edge topics; weekly seminars by outside speakers; weekly research presentations by current students

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News

Explore the Science and Art of Plants at Third Annual Fascination of Plants Day @ MSU: Arts Go Green
Explore the Science and Art of Plants at Third Annual Fascination of Plants Day @ MSU: Arts Go Green
April 9, 2019

MSU hosts the third annual Fascination of Plants Day @ MSU. This year, plant sciences meet the arts in a collaboration between MSU plant scientists, the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, and the East Lansing Art Festival.

MSU students win at 2019 ASPB Midwest Meeting
MSU students win at 2019 ASPB Midwest Meeting
March 28, 2019

The American Society of Plant Biologists meeting was a chance to practice presentation skills and meet plant biologists from across the Midwest.

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Seminars

A seminar series that incorporates the broad research interests across the molecular plant sciences program runs on Mondays at 4p.

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