Plant Sciences Initiative, DASA Pathways Programs Co-Host Outreach Day
The event was designed to engage high school students in hands-on activities and learn from leaders in the field.
On Saturday, Jan. 21, 74 high school students from nine counties spent the day exploring the interdisciplinary field of plant sciences. The Plant Sciences Outreach Day was a joint outreach between NC State’s Plant Sciences Initiative and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs’ Pathways programs (College Advising Corps, Juntos and TRIO).
DASA Pathways programs serve students who have been traditionally underrepresented on college campuses. The goal was to get students excited about the academic possibilities in college and open their eyes to entirely new disciplines.
The Plant Sciences Initiative showcased the broad and interdisciplinary field of plant science and how the field is addressing some of the most pressing challenges facing the world today. The event was designed to engage students in hands-on activities and learn from leaders in the field. Current NC State faculty, staff, students and industry partners volunteered their time to share their experiences, tour research labs and walk students through different science experiments.
Terri Long, associate professor in Plant and Microbial Biology, was one of the event organizers. The event was especially meaningful for Long, who is a graduate of NC State’s TRIO Upward Bound program.