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Professional Development Opportunities

Events and Conferences

Mashup at the N.C. PSI

Join us for our second”Mashup” at the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative! The N.C. PSI Mashups provide a stage for industry partners and our NCSU experts to showcase their exciting research programs. Our industry partner for this Mashup will be BASF, with a presentation by Drs. Piran Cargeeg and Stephen Burgin about the Seed Treatment division of BASF. Our NCSU expert that will present is Dr. Josh Pierce from the Department of Chemistry. Come learn and network with the local agtech community!

Date: Wednesday, May 1st, 2024 from 4-5pm
Followed by networking mixer from 5-6pm
Where: Seminar rooms, Plant Sciences Building

drone photo of the Plant Sciences Building

Internships and Fellowships

Graduate Student Funding Opportunity

The SAPLINGS “AI in Ag” USDA NextGen Training Award provides 1 year of support to N.C. PSI-affiliated Ph.D. students engaged in machine learning and AI research to identify new solutions in agriculture. One year award period starts Fall 2024 Semester.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2024 at 5pm
Must complete application with your faculty mentor.

A circuit board at the FREEDM Center on Centennial. Photo by Marc Hall
A circuit board at the FREEDM Center on Centennial. Photo by Marc Hall
  • High Impact Internship & Research Experiences Symposium
    For undergraduate students
    Do you have an exciting summer internship or research project? Join us at the High Impact Internship & Research Experiences Symposium (HI-RES) to share your summer experiences. You’ll have the chance to present your experiences to fellow students, college leaders, and industry professionals. You’ll inspire other students to pursue similar internships, and maybe even find a new internship or job opportunity through networking!
    Register here
  • CEFS 2024 Sustainable Vegetable Production Registered Apprenticeship
    For undergraduates, graduate students and post-graduates
    Apply here
  • CEFS Graduate Fellows Program at NC State University
    For graduate students
    Application Deadline: May 31, 2024

NC State LanchPad

NC State Innovation and Entrepreneurship has developed an incubator program to support early-stage undergraduate and graduate student startups.

Other Opportunities


BioAg World Congress is an international event focused on biopesticides, biostimulants, biofertilizers, and ICM/IPM! The event is from April 23-25 at the Raleigh Convention Center and is anticipated to have over 1000 people from 250 companies and 60 countries! 

Volunteers are needed to support the event’s various activities. 
In return for volunteering, students will be able to join all activities for the day that they volunteer for free! If you sign up for at least 2 shifts then you get to attend activities on all 3 days for free! All volunteers also receive a free t-shirt to wear during their shift.
Through this opportunity you will be able to network, learn, and interact with the CEO of BioAg world, Roger Tripathi!

Please contact Kathleen Denya with any questions:

  • CASS Career Coaching Program
    For undergraduate students
    CALS Alumni for Student Success (CASS) Career Coaching is the college’s premier mentoring program where current CALS undergraduate students get paired with CALS alumni for a year of career mentoring and prep. Students in CASS get a chance to build impactful relationships with alums and industry experts that help build student success.
    Sign up here 

North Carolina Science Festival

The North Carolina Science Festival is a month long celebration of science every April. Each year, we celebrate hundreds of events focused on fun, interactive science learning opportunities. Students, families, friends, STEM professionals, teachers, volunteers will all enjoy events taking place throughout North Carolina.

Date: Month of April
Location: Across all North Carolina

CALS Researcher Ricardo Hernandez and student Mark Watson, who leads the vertical farming club, work with lettuce plants at the Horticulture field lab near the Arboretum. Photo by Marc Hall

N.C. PSI Educational Outreach Opportunities

There are many ways to get involved with the N.C. PSI’s Educational Programs for K-12 students. Whether its developing activities from your research, talking with students about career paths, or getting hands-on in the demo lab, the possibilities are endless. Click the link below to learn about some of the ways you can help out!

N.C. PSI graduate students teach high school students how to perform experiments in the Demo Lab.
N.C. PSI graduate students teach high school students in the CAALS 3D program how to perform experiments in the Demo Lab.