Future Scientists

 Apr 26 2018: Need the following:

  • Why to join: Perceived Value research
  • How to join: Molecular Plant Sciences Program
  • Testimonial quotes:
    • Something from Eric Young
    • Rodney Burton?
    • Look back at branding research
  • Case studies: student awards, fellowships, career upgrades. From these news items:
    • Aiko NSF fellowship (grant)
    • Taylor Weiss (academic position)
    • Kenny Wang (post-doc position)
    • Bethany Huot (internal award)
    • Getting prize at UURAF (3 undergrad awards)
    • Geoff Davis (grad student gets presentation award)
    • Joe Aung (post-doc funding award)
    • Anna Hurlock / Yang Yang (industry position)

Taken from "About" page

  • Research Quality: studying under internationally acknolwedged scientists in an institution with funding from major organizations, most notably the Department of Energy. 
  • Career Prospects: a legacy of producing award-winning and well-placed scientists
  • Education Quality: Training is a core part of our mission. Moreover, we are embedded in one of the largest plant science universities worldwide, with opportunities for networking, exploring different career options, and learning so-called soft-skills  (applied or not - Kenny’s biotech training institute)
  • Institutional Research foci: our main DOE collaborative grant focuses various disciplines (perhaps state those) under three core research projects, which leads to students pursuing well-defined research opportunities in a collaborative and trusting community
  • Freedom of Research: within the framework of our larger goals, students have the freedom to pursue research interests, learn new science and techniques.

 

Strategic Career Planners

Value Proposition: “Come here and you will build a research career.”

What we offer (derived from points of differentiation slide [slide #26])

•12 Pis, top in their niche disciplines (other institutions have hundreds to thousands of researchers) – well-established, selective faculty

•Intimate environment 

•Interdisciplinary: some of the universities are wide reaching in research lab specialities but seemingly isolated in efforts

•Friendly – PRL people very close to each other

•Funding for research, so you don’t have to TA as much

•MSU the largest plant community

•Large variety of labs ad speciailzations

•Collaboration (Plant Health Sustainability Program (forces internships in applied fields)

•PRL good heart of the plant community.

Idealists

Value Proposition: “We will let you become the change you want to see.

What we offer (derived from points of differentiation slide [slide #26])

•break our limits of studying only model systems (ex: PhotosynQ)

•interdisciplinary efforts

•Project A

•Project C

•An intersection of knowledge and action of plant science and technological innovation



Deeper variatoin on the previous one, from slide 54 (populating brand hierarchy):

•Green solutions (Idealist students)

•We “know” photosynthetic organisms/photosynthesis experts

•Industry stories need to be told (show different career avenues)

•Opportunities for different career options (applied or not - Kenny’s biotech training institute)

•Our research foci are well defined, yet fluid and interrelated à collaboration and trusting community

•PRL is the beating heart of MSU molecular plant science

•Alumni make it places

•Some of our labs are doing innovative, ground-breaking stuff (Project A and C)

•Collaboration (Plant Health Sustainability Program (forces internships in applied fields)

•Fundamental Plant Research (Strategic career planners)

•We “know” photosynthetic organisms/photosynthesis experts

•Internationally acknowledged elite scientists

•HHMI/NAS placements

•DOE grant forces us to focus

•Rodney: we have a goal (DOE goals), but Cheryl gives the troops the freedom to  take different paths towards the mountain we are trying to climb.

•Small, interdisciplinary environment guaranteeing attention to students

•DOE trusts us, so should you (validation from granting agencies)

•50 year legacy

•12 Pis, top in their niche disciplines

•Prolific, high-profile pub record

•Funding for research, so you don’t have to TA as much

•Future Scientists (all students)

•Alumni stories need to be told

•Training is a core part of what we do

•We know who we are (we don’t do everything)

•Learn new science and techniques under guidance of great mentors (Hope learned CRISPR alone – Michael Das encouraged by Howe to do project)

•MSU molecular plant science education is renown worldwide

•Intimate/friendly environment

 

Research quality

  • We “know” photosynthetic organisms/photosynthesis experts
  • DOE trust
  • Internationally acknowledged elite scientists

Career prospects

  • Alumni make it places
  • HHMI/NAS placements
  • Pub records
  • Alumni stories need to be told
  • Industry stories need to be told

Education Quality

  • Training is a core part of what we do
  • PRL is the beating heart of MSU molecular plant science
  • MSU molecular plant science education is renown worldwide
  • MSU plant sciences are collaborative, so opportunities for networking etc.
  • Opportunities for different career options (applied or not - Kenny’s biotech training institute)

Institutional Research foci

  • DOE grant forces us to laser focus
  • We know who we are (we don’t do everything)
  • Our research foci are well defined, yet fluid and interrelated à collaboration and trusting community

Freedom of Research

  • Learn new science and techniques under guidance of great mentors (Hope learned CRISPR alone – Michael Das encouraged by Howe to do project)

  • Rodney: we have a goal (DOE goals), but Cheryl gives the troops the freedom to  take different paths towards the mountain we are trying to climb