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Students Come First

Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs prepare students for careers in science. We are committed to the success of every single student who joins our department, and we offer unparalleled opportunities for state-of-the-art research and one-on-one mentorship experiences with faculty experts. Come learn and grow with us.

Student Opportunities

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Life as an NC State student is not just about hitting the books. Student organizations and activities can help you develop social, professional and leadership skills. They are also a great way to meet new friends!

Clubs and Programs

Check out our department’s clubs and programs as well as the full list of clubs and organizations at CALS. Also, the NC State Student Organization Resource Center has information on more than 300 other student organizations.

Study Abroad

What better way to expand your horizons than by traveling to another country? Or maybe two? Check out your options. The world awaits. For more information on studying abroad, visit the CALS International Programs website.


Highly motivated CALS students have an opportunity to enhance their educational experience through the invitation-only CALS Honors program, which aims to inspire students to take ownership of their education, explore their passions and pursue their goals. The University Scholars program introduces high-achieving students to the visual and performing arts, encourages them to consider issues drawn from the sciences and politics, challenges them to excel academically, and more.

Summer Programs

The Integrative Molecular Plant Systems Undergraduate Research Experience is an NSF-funded, 10-week summer program during which students actively engage in a research project under faculty mentorship. We also offer the BeeMORE program, an eight-week summer research experience funded by the USDA-NIFA Research and Extension Experiential Learning for Undergraduates (REU) Fellowships Program. The BeeMORE program focuses on building awareness and fundamental skills in the areas of microbiology and bee biology. (Please note that these summer REUs are geared more for students outside of NC State, and they typically only accept one NC State student, if any. NC State students should reference the NSF Database of REUs.)

W. Scott Chilton Undergraduate Research Award

The W. Scott Chilton Undergraduate Research Award provides stipends to rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors with an interest in becoming involved in research with a faculty member in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology.