A New Breed of Problem Solvers
Keeping Plants Healthy
FFAR Fellow Lindsey Becker’s research focuses on the plant growth-promotion properties of the M. elongata fungus and its effects on flowering and crop yield.
The future poses challenges for food, agriculture, energy, and the environment. That’s why we’re providing a unique training ground for a new breed of problem solvers.
Our scholarship programs, internships and collaborative graduate fellowships pave the way for the agile workforce of tomorrow.
We are making forward-looking investments in recruiting, training and retaining world-class plant scientists.
Undergraduate and Graduate
Tackle diverse grand challenges with an equally diverse educational experience.
Enhance your skills and advance your education with an undergraduate or graduate certificate.
84% of future agricultural jobs have plant science roots
We grow talent with plant science know-how.
Game Changing Educational Programs
Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science
When our agtech partners in the Research Triangle Park shared they needed more employees trained in agricultural government affairs and science regulation, NC State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences got to work.
First, our faculty set up a popular course on the scientific and policymaking steps that shape state, national and international regulations, and now plans are underway to establish a Center of Excellence for Regulatory Science in Agriculture, part of the college’s N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative.
Re-thinking How We Teach Graduate Students
To address societal challenges, scientific research must be convergent: driven by compelling problems and deeply integrating scientific disciplines. AgBioFEWS students gain this capacity by working collaboratively to research how agricultural biotechnology changes agricultural landscapes and rural communities, integrating tools and cultures from the natural and social sciences.
Learning and Applying Agricultural Data Science
NC State's Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Engineering and Science introduce a Graduate Certificate in Agriculture Data Science. This program combines SAS data management and analysis techniques with computer science and statistical training to allow students to apply the processes of data mining and artificial intelligence to critical agriculture, food, and life science issues.
N.C. PSI Education News More N.C. PSI News
Oct 21, 2020
PSI Profile: Hannah Burrack, Director of Education and Outreach
Hannah Burrack, a professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, was recently appointed the Director of Education and Outreach for the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative.
Oct 7, 2020
N.C. PSI Names New Platform Directors
The North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative named four new platform directors and the interim director of operations. These leaders will guide the initiative’s research, Extension and education activities.
Aug 31, 2020
A New IDEA: Pairing Trainees with Computational Experts During the Pandemic
This spring in the midst of a pandemic, a committee of CALS faculty members matched graduate students and postdocs with data they needed to analyze or model computationally to computational experts with the necessary expertise.
Learn more about how the collaboration is going for three trainees.