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Resources to Assist Grad Students and Mentors in Advising & Mentoring


The Plant Sciences Graduate Handbook contains information specific to our degree programs and administration of the grad student experience.


Graduate students are expected to meet at least once a semester with the assembled members of their graduate committee. These meetings help ensure that students are:

  • keeping their research on-track,
  • achieving committee member & faculty mentor expectations,
  • designing their experiments in ways appropriate for publication in peer reviewed journals, and can;
  • help in making course selections appropriate for the degree


Are you academically on track and making progress on your research projects?

Regularly update and keep track of your progress through Plant Sciences Graduate Degree Programs


Yearly, often at the start of each calendar year, graduate students should schedule an Annual Progress Review meeting with your Faculty Advisor. Come to that meeting prepared by completing:


Plan to Compete in Plant Sciences’ Departmental Oral & Poster Presentations


The departmental seminar coordinator hosts annual poster (spring) and oral (fall) presentation events. Participating students interact with faculty and peers while competing for top honors.


Plan also to register and compete in the UT Graduate School’s 3MT Competition event held every Spring Semester.


Consider Professional Society Membership and Service

Discuss with your faculty mentor, the benefits that you may appreciate by joining a professional society that is appropriate for your project and career path. As graduate students, you are likely to be eligible for reduced rates or free society memberships that also provide reduced conference registration costs.

  • American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)
    • Info about ASHS for students
  • Tri-Societies
    • Agronomy Society of America (ASA)
    • Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)
    • Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
  • Weed Sciences Society of America (WSSA)