Student recruitment and development; K-20 STEM Education; formerly research in Crop Physiology
Dr. Foster has been a professor and crop physiologist in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University since 1982. She served as Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for the Undergraduate Programs and Director of the Institute of Agriculture Technology from 2002-2010.
For more than 30 years, she has sought to recruit students into the food, agricultural and natural resource sciences (FANR) and to nurture, retain and encourage them to enter careers in their chosen disciplines upon graduation or continue for graduate degrees. Recruitment of underrepresented students has been a special emphasis because of the exceedingly low numbers of students, staff, faculty and other professionals of color in these disciplines. She has assisted domestic (minority and majority) and international faculty, staff and students (undergrad and graduate) in any way possible with progressing in their careers. She has served as the major advisor for undergraduate and graduate students and/or employed students from the U.S., Botswana, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, St. Croix U.S.V.I., Iran, and other countries. She is one of the founding members of the national society for Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) and was elected and served as the first MANRRS president in 1988-89. She delights in worked with students, faculty, and staff and in helping people strive to reach their full potential.
Ph.D. University of Arkansas
CSS 054: Crop Production
CSS 101: Introduction to Crop Science
CSS 120: Agricultural Industry Issues
CSS 212: Advanced Crop Production
CSS 380: Crop Physiology