What can the shape of oak leaves tell us about climate change? How does fertilizer change microbial diversity in the soil? How does field history influence weed diversity? How does water stress influence gene regulation in maize? These are some of the many questions that Cornell seniors majoring in the Plant Sciences have investigated while conducting original research in SIPS labs. On May 15, six seniors presented their research findings to an audience of students and faculty, with poster presentations by four others.
The talks provided an opportunity for students to demonstrate presentation skills learned in PLSCI 4950 “Senior Seminar in Plant Sciences”, the senior capstone class taught by Mike Scanlon and Chris Smart. The audience also learned about the exciting paths that these talented students will be taking following graduation, ranging from continued research at Cornell, international internships, and graduate school. Congratulations to all of our graduating Plant Sciences Majors!