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Mission & Values

Mission Statement

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology develops knowledge to create social and

economic prosperity and well-being through agricultural and life science discovery, learning, and engagement.

We empower students to address critical needs for the 21st century through the lens of plant and microbial biology, while promoting responsible applications of research.

We foster a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative community of scholars, educators, and community members who come together to address major scientific and environmental challenges.

Core Values

We strive to create a climate that enhances the well-being and sense of belonging for all members of the Department, by encouraging all to contribute enthusiastically to our shared goals and vision. 

We promote diversity by cultivating a culture of strong collegiality, and by supporting faculty, staff and students from all backgrounds. We believe that diverse perspectives of opinion, thought and life experience are critical for the work we do.

We strive to stimulate curiosity and innovation in our research, teaching, and extension efforts.

We seek to inspire ourselves and others to establish a practice of life-long learning, improvement, and service.

We promote collaboration and synergistic teamwork that is grounded in mutual respect and equitable actions. 

We support the growth and professional development of students, faculty and staff through education and intentional mentoring.

We work to maintain ethical and fair practices in the service to our goals.