Professional Development


The Agronomy Department expects graduates of its graduate programs to develop the professional skills required for success in the academic/business world. In addition to technical knowledge and research skills, graduates need to be able to organize, present, and publish data, prepare grant applications and progress reports, have appropriate collegiality skills, and have professional ethics and standards that reflect well upon them and the organizations they represent.

It is the responsibility of each student, the major professor, and the Program of Study Committee to ensure that these professional skills are obtained. These courses or programs might be helpful.

AgEds 514. Organizing Agricultural Information for Professional and Scientific Meetings. (1-2) Cr. 2. F. Prereq: Graduate classification in agriculture. Concepts and practices in planning, preparing, and presenting materials used in professional meetings and scientific papers by agriculturalists with special emphasis on computerized delivery methods.

Agron 565. Professional Practice in the Life Sciences. (Cross-listed with Pl P, An S, BCB, Hort, Micro, V MPM). Cr. arr. S. Prereq: Graduate classification. Professional discourse on the ethical and legal issues facing life science researchers. Offered in modular format; each module is four weeks.

  1. Professional Practices in Research. (Cr. 1.0) Good scientific practices and professional ethics in the life sciences.
  2. Intellectual Property and Industry Interactions. (Cr. 0.5) Ethical and legal issues facing life scientists involved in research interactions with industry.

Agron 698. Agronomy Teaching Practicum. Cr. 1-2. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: Graduate classification in agronomy and permission of instructor. Graduate student experience in the agronomy teaching program. Satisfactory-fail only.

EEOB 590A. Publication in the Biosciences. (2-0) Cr. 2. S. Prereq: 10 credits in biology, permission of instructor. The purpose of this seminar is to help participants make decisions about publications and journals, guide them through the pitfalls of manuscript preparation and submission, and help them work successfully with the review and revision process. (This seminar is taught as a special topics course by Dr. John Downing.)

Hort 529. Publishing in Biological Sciences Journals. (Cross-listed with Agron, NREM). (2-0) Cr. 2. S. Prereq: Permission of instructor; evidence of a publishable unit of the student's research data. Process of preparing a manuscript for submission to a refereed journal in the biological sciences. Emphasis on publishing self-generated data from thesis or dissertation research.

Preparing Future Faculty