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The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
This program funds academically promising undergraduate students to do meaningful research in plant biology ideally between their 2nd and 3rd years. Students work with a mentor who is an ASPB member for 10 consecutive weeks of research. All students present results at the ASPB annual meeting following the year their research is completed.

Inspiring Students to Study Successfully for the Sciences Undo underperformance and stomp out science-oriented apathy stemming from inexperience, fears or misconceptions students have for learning science. Help your students develop effective interactive studying, exam savvy, and time management skills. This PDF includes Study Tips for Successful Science Students and Studying for the Sciences: MISCONCEPTIONS & ANTIDOTES.

Free ASPB Online Journal Access - The Society will provide complimentary access to The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology to interested public libraries and public or private high schools in the United States nominated by ASPB members.  This collaboration will help teachers use the journals to further general scientific understanding; infuse science curriculum with timely, vetted information; and inspire student research.
ASPB Resources to Enhance Successful Journal Use:
         How to read a scientific paper (geared for use in high schools)
         Case Study to accompany How to read a scientific paper 
         So you want to share plant biology expertise with your students? (for HS teachers)
         So you want to work with high school students and teachers?  (for post-K-12 faculty)

Hooks & Hot topics in Plant Biology
Follow this blog for timely, attention-grabbing, and infomative posts on plant science and education. You'll find plenty to make your students say "wow!”. Follow this blog on twitter to keep informed of regular updates @PlantTeaching.

Why plants may be better pets than dogs (3-min video)
Rottweilers and Chihuahuas don't seem to be of the same species. Still, most folks know a dog is a dog - even in the face of apparent phenotypic evidence to the contrary. But did you know that broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage - these plants also are the same species? iPlant collaborator & ASPB member J. Chris Pires (Univ of Missouri), calls this species - Brassica oleracea - the "dogs of the plant world." Share this video made by ugrads to start discussion of genomic variation and analyses in your classroom:
iPlant link or YouTube link

Master Plant Science Team Mentoring
ASPB supports incentives for graduate students to serve on the Master Plant Science Team of PlantingScience, an on-line inquiry-based student mentoring program.

Overview of ASPB Initiatives to Support Quality Undergraduate Teaching
This 2012 poster features the Society's efforts to support the growth and development of effective teaching resources in plant biology, to encourage and communicate research in plant biology, and to promote the interests and growth of plant scientists in general.

GENERA and the Blog
Their mission is to strengthen the public discussion of issues in biology, with particular emphasis on genetics and genetic engineering in agriculture. GENERA is the GENetic Engineering Risk Atlas. The goal of this project is to build a searchable database of peer-reviewed research on the relative risks of genetically engineered crops that includes important details at-a-glance.

Plant Science TREE  is designed to address the dearth of undergraduates pursuing plant biology by creating stimulating intro biological science courses.  TREE offers a user-friendly archive of online research lectures and other resources from plant science academics across the world at TREE was developed by the University of Leeds with funding from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

How to Make a Great Poster and How to Give a Great Talk
Professional success can depend on learning the basics of making a great research poster and giving a great talk.  Use these ideas to get the most attention for your efforts.

Plant Biology Videos on YouTube
These short videos offer creative, informative and entertaining perspectives on plant biology. The videos were produced by film and biology experts for a contest series created by ASPB Education Foundation Grants program winner Dan Cosgrove.

Genomics Digital Lab (GDL) Project
This first place winner in the NSF 2008 Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge offers a series of curriculum-aligned and integrated games, modules, and interactive simulations covering an array of topics in biology. GDL is a continually expanding interactive on-line environment where users experience the world of biology through discovery-based learning. GDL was created in conjunction with ASPB member and GAP winner David Salt's Genomics eXplorer, an interactive walk-through plant cell.

Visit this site to enjoy beautiful and technically accurate images of the varied motions plants make during their life-cycle. This clever plant biology resource was created by ASPB member Roger Hangarter. Also visit Roger's sLowlifepage for another close up view of plants.

Partnership for Research and Education in Plants (PREP)
Partnership for Research and Education in Plants for Undergraduates (PREP-U)
Genuine research experiences for students and faculty that also help scientists to discover the function of previously uncharacterized plant genes. The websites serve as a communication hub between participating scientists, teachers and students.

This educational outreach initiative revolves around a daily, 90-second radio series (with podcasts and archives) designed to increase public understanding and appreciation of the vital role microbes play on our planet. It is sponsored in part by the ASPB Education Foundation.

A Moment of Science (AMOS)
Engaging two-minute radio programs full of cool facts about important science concepts. It's easy to search the site's audio files to find plant science segments. AMOS is supported by ASPB's Good Works and the ASPB Education Foundation.

Primary Resources for Addressing Misconceptions in Plant Biology
Effective teaching includes defining and debunking incorrect or incomplete concepts. This list provides options for managing misconceptions in plant biology (primarily pertaining to photosynthesis and respiration).

Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education
This peer-reviewed journal is written by and for educators in the life sciences, natural resources, and agriculture disciplines. Educators in extension, industry, administration, and grades K-16 settings use JNRLSE to access and provide objective data on timely and evergreen topics. Special rates for ASPB members may apply. Subscribe or submit a manuscript.

History's Harvest: Where Food Comes From Film
This documentary film initially supported by the ASPB Education Foundation presents a sweeping view of 10,000 years of agricultural history. With spectacular footage from locations in India, Mexico, the United States and Britain, this fast-paced, informative, and visually engaging film presents topical information students and the general public will relate to and understand.

Understanding the Plant Immune System
NSF-funded research has greatly expanded our basic knowledge of the plant immune system. thus enabling development of new disease-resistant crop varieties requiring far fewer pesticide applications and providing higher yield.

Careers in Plant Biology
A career in plant biology offers a myriad of engaging challenges while exploring how plants work in their environment and how this work can be more efficiently channeled to benefit people throughout the world.

Teaching Tips for Higher Education
This series of general teaching tips for university or college instructors include simple ideas to create a motivating classroom atmosphere. The tips will enhance your teaching and just may inspire a few of your students to think, "Hey, plant science is pretty cool...I could see myself majoring in this!"

Transforming Agricultural Education for a Changing World 
This report from the National Academies explains how professional societies can come together to speak in one voice to promote the new and essential contributions of the agricultural sciences.

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) 
GLBRC offers inquiry-based K-16 classroom activities on bioenergy along with resources for teacher support and professional development. Get your students started learning the lingo with "Bioenergy 101: Common Vocabulary". PDF Available 

Working With Teachers Guidelines
These excellent guidelines are for college-level faculty interested in becoming more involved in science education and supporting educators at the K-12 level.

First Time Teaching Plant Phys?
Use these general guidelines designed by ASPB for college-level instructors teaching a plant physiology lab for the first time.

How to Conduct a Successful Prospective Postdoc Interview
Incorporate these essential questions during your postdoc interview to learn more about the fellowship and determine whether it's the optimal setting for you to begin the next stage of your career. Interview questions are courtesy of

Plants, Genes and Crop Biotechnology, 2nd edition
Maarten J. Chrispeels & David E. Sadava
ASPB's Education Foundation teamed up with Jones and Bartlett for the second edition of this textbook about plants, genes, food, and agriculture, as well as the changing relationships among these components of plant science.

Federal Programs 
This list shares plant science federal funding information and announcements.

Graduate Programs
This lists offers information about graduate programs in the plant sciences. Click to find links for financial aid and to specific colleges & universities.

The Science of Teaching and Learning:
Teachers' Participation in Research Programs Improves Students Achievement in Science
A summer research program for teachers enhanced their skills in communicating science to students, students' achievement scores, and job satisfaction.  See Science 16 October 2009 (fee may be required).

Be an ASPB Outreach Volunteer
Each year the Education Committee Prepares and presents dynamic, interactive plant science booths at a variety of outreach venues. Society members passionate about plant science  & education voluntarily staff the events. Learn how YOU can volunteer as an ASPB at a booth this year.

Vision & Change in Undergraduate Biology Education – What Can ASPB Do?
Find out how YOU can get involved in the shared vision that scientists from NSF, ASPB. AIBS, and AAAS have developed to improve undergraduate education by incorporating Concept Literacy, Active & Experiential Learning, and Broad Career Horizons.

What Can You Do to Improve STEM Instruction and Learning?
Ready, Set Science! Putting Research to Work in K-8 Classrooms (RSS), a user-friendly derivative of NRC's technical tome Taking Science to School (TSS) offers eight chapters and four appendixes filled with validated teaching techniques and sample vignettes designed to clarify the four most effective strands of science instruction.


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