Applied Plant Systems

ENGAGE IN THE RESEARCH AND THE APPLICATION OF PLANTS AND SOIL TO IMPACT FOOD PRODUCTION AND THE ENVIRONMENT.

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About the Program

The goal of this program is to prepare students with both knowledge and skills necessary to address the grand challenges of food production and the environment. Participating students will conduct a summer experiential internship related to his or her career interests and goals, choosing from a variety of programs in the applied plant, soil, and environmental sciences available through a network of collaborators. The students will also work with their program peers and a team of faculty mentors to engage in activities related to teamwork, decision making, systems thinking, and translating their summer work into learning objects for science literacy.

Program Objectives

  • Growth in teamwork, decision making, & scientific process competency
  • Connect research/experience to agricultural and natural resources challenges
  • Translating experience into information- science literacy & outreach
Applied Plant Systems program framework.
Applied Plant Systems program framework.
Applied Plant Science Students
Applied Plant Science Students

Internships and Student Activities

Once students are selected for participation in the program, they will be matched to an internship and a corresponding mentor. In the internship experience, students will be mentored to work with a hypothesis testing approach if their experiential learning is research focused or a predicted outcome approach for service and technology projects. We will ask students to document how they are using science knowledge and learning research skills in their day-to-day internships. They will have targeted goals for their skills and a weekly decision making inventory of how the science or its application that underpins the discipline is a part of their work and how they make decisions based on this science. Internships will be offered at an array of locations and institutions, including two USDA-ARS units located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus, the USDA-NRCS Charles Kellogg Soil Survey Laboratory (KSSL) located in Lincoln, Nebraska, and several industry partners.

Internships and Mentors

Program Team Members

Martha Mamo
Martha Mamo
Interim Associate Department Head, Weaver Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture
mmamo3@unl.edu
Leah Sandall
Leah Sandall
Distance Education Coordinator
lsandall5@unl.edu
Jenny Keshwan
Jenny Keshwani
Assistant Professor and Biomedical Engineer, BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
jmelander7@unl.edu
Walt Schacht
Walt Schacht
Sunkist Fiesta Bowl Professor of Agronomy
wschacht1@unl.edu
Carol Speth
Carol Speth
Education Assessment Specialist
cspeth2@unl.edu
Dave Lambe
Dave Lambe
Associate Professor of Practice
dlambe1@unl.edu
Gina Matkin
Gina Matkin
Associate Professor, AGRICULTURAL LEADERSHIP, EDUCATION & COMMUNICATION
gmatkin1@unl.edu
Salvador Ramirez
Salvador Ramirez
2017 Graduate Student Coordinator, SOIL & WATER SCIENCES