Plant Pathology Graduate Students Host Workshop for High School Students

— Written By Emma Wallace and last updated by

As part of a program directed by the NCSU Office of Admissions and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, eight graduate students from the Department of Plant Pathology held a hands-on workshop on July 9th for high school students from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The high school students were visiting CALS, as well as other colleges at NCSU last week to demonstrate the wide variety of programs and resources offered by NCSU.

Plant Pathology Graduate Students Emma Lookabaugh and Laura Bostic teach high school students about DNA before diving into a strawberry DNA extraction. Photo Credit: Alyssa Koehler.

Plant Pathology Graduate Students Emma Lookabaugh and Laura Bostic teach high school students about DNA before diving into a strawberry DNA extraction. Photo Credit: Alyssa Koehler.

Students from the Department of Plant Pathology ran four stations that explained key topics in plant pathology, the questions researchers are trying to answer, and methods used to reach those answers. At each station, high school students interacted with graduate students as they examined samples under microscopes, extracted DNA, transferred fungal and bacterial cultures, and simulated a plant transformation.

Graduate Student Emma Wallace demonstrates a plant transformation. Photo Credit: Alyssa Koehler.

Graduate Student Emma Wallace from the NCSU Vegetable Pathology Lab demonstrates a plant transformation. Photo Credit: Alyssa Koehler.

It was a great way to teach perspective students about plant pathology and give them hands-on experience with fundamental lab techniques. The small group setting allowed for a more personal experience, giving them the chance to have conversations with graduate students about college and NCSU.

Graduate Student Anna Thomas shows high school students mummy berry disease samples. Photo Credit: Alyssa Koehler.

Graduate Student Anna Thomas shows high school students mummy berry disease samples. Photo Credit: Alyssa Koehler.

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