Our understanding of how plants function has been significantly advanced by genomics research. Application of genomics has yielded datasets with the potential to revolutionize plant sciences and to ensure safe, reliable, and sustainable production of food and biofuels for a rapidly increasing global population. To achieve this, there is a critical need for next-generation scientists with both an understanding of plant biology and computational skills. This National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) award to Michigan State University will address this demand by training doctoral students who can employ advanced computational and data science approaches to address grand challenges in plant biology.
The IMPACTS program consists of a community of people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We encourage diverse perspectives and approaches to science. We strive for positive institutional and cultural change, with the goal of ensuring that the Program reflects and upholds our shared ideals as scientists, educators, scholars, students, and community members. We are committed to identifying ways to build a culturally diverse environment by listening to our community members and implementing practices to foster inclusivity. We pledge to improve campus climate pertaining to ableism, ageism, ethnocentrism, homophobia, racism, religious oppression, sexism, sexual misconduct, transphobia, and other forms of marginalization. We value diversity, reject judgments based on differences, and instead embrace those differences as assets. Our success depends on our diversity and together we will shape the future.