On-Campus PSM part time

Cropping Systems Agronomy- Singh Lab

The Cropping Systems Agronomy program at MSU focuses on current and emerging issues in corn, soybean, and wheat based cropping systems of Michigan with an overall goal to improve the productivity and profitability of these systems. We are looking for one or two students to work part/full time in spring 2020 or earlier. This position can continue during the following semesters based on satisfactory performance. Job duties include assisting with planting, harvesting and in-season management of field trials across various Michigan locations; soil and plant sample collection, and working with graduate students for data collection in field and sample processing in lab. 

Contact Information. For more information, please email research associate Bill Widdicombe (widdico1@msu.edu) and project PI Manni Singh (msingh@msu.edu ) and tell us about yourself and your availability. Attach your resume.


Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Research Program: Steinke lab

Undergraduate students are needed to assist in the soil fertility and plant nutrition research program.  Duties may include: field research setup and preparation, equipment calibration and operation, experience with soil and plant tissue diagnostics, exposure to multiple fertilizer sources/products, plant nutrient requirements and application strategies, soil and plant sampling, soil/tissue grinding, data entry, various laboratory and field data collection techniques, and valuable research experience in corn, soybean, wheat, sugar beet, potato, and dry bean cropping systems. Excellent opportunity to gain understanding of plant and soil nutrition as related to both agronomic principles and the environment.  Build your resume and standout from the rest of the crowd! The majority of the activities will be outdoors.  Qualifications: Students interested in plant, soil, and environmental sciences.

Duration: Fall and spring semesters with additional summer opportunities (exact dates or times are negotiable) Contact: Andrew Chomas (technician)  chomas@msu.edu or Dr.  Kurt Steinke at ksteinke@msu.edu  Visit our webpage:  soil.msu.edu


Plant Diseases in Vegetable Crops: Hausbeck Lab   

The Hausbeck Lab focus on study of plant diseases of vegetable crops, greenhouse transplants and ornamentals. The goals of the lab include reducing Michigan growers' reliance on fungicides through integrated management strategies and understanding of pathogen etiology and epidemiology. 

The candidate would be working with a graduate student whose project focuses on Fusarium disease of celery. Activities could include collecting and processing plant samples, pathogen isolation, DNA extraction, media preparation, pathogen culture collection and maintenance, PCR and genotyping, autoclaving, dish washing and preparation of reagents. The candidate should be available 5-15 hours a week 

If you are interested, send Annika Peterson an email at pete1363@msu.edu with your availability (ex. MWF 1-3 and T/Th 8 – 10 a.m) and your resume.  Thank you! 


Small Fruit and Hop Diseases - Miles Lab

The Small Fruit Pathology Laboratory at Michigan State University is interested in many applied aspects of plant pathology, such as the development of resistant cultivars, and cultural and chemical practices that result in improved disease management. We often have work opportunities for undergraduate students that span both field and laboratory research. Positions often include working with fungal cultures, experience in pathogen isolation and maintenance of several fields of blueberries, grapes, and hops. Some experiences undergraduate researchers gain in the program include laboratory skills such as DNA extraction, fungal culturing and PCR. Also students gain experience working in greenhouse and in general plant husbandry. Please contact Timothy Miles (milesti2@msu.edu) or Jerri Gillett (gillett@msu.edu) for more information


Sugar Beet and Bean Pathology Lab: Hanson Lab

Undergraduate students are sought to assist in laboratory and greenhouse research efforts on fungal pathogens of field crops, especially sugar beet and dry bean.  Activities would range from media and culture work to planting and maintenance of material in the greenhouse.  This includes opportunities to learn about diseases of crop plants, how to recognize and differentiate them, and how to work with diverse microbes.  We are looking for at least 6 hours per week with a flexible schedule, but preferably blocks of at least 2 hours.  If interested, please contact Tom Goodwill (lab manager) at tgoodwil@msu.edu or Dr. Linda Hanson at hansonL5@msu.edu.


Sugarbeet and Bean Pathology Lab: Hanson Lab (second opportunity)

The Hanson Lab focuses on diseases of sugar beet that impact Michigan growers. We are looking for a student that can provide assistance to a graduate student on several projects related to the diversity of the fungal pathogen, Rhizoctonia solani. Duties include: planting and maintaining experiments in the growth chamber and greenhouses, preparing media and reagents, maintaining fungal cultures, collecting and processing tissue samples, and other general lab tasks. There may be opportunities to be involved in additional aspects of this research, such as DNA extraction and PCR, genetic analysis, bioinformatics, and microscopy, depending on availability and interests. Candidate should be available for 10 to 20 hours per week for the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. If interested, contact Doug Minier minierdo@msu.edu or Linda Hanson hansonl5@msu.edu describing your background, educational interests and work schedule availability.


Molecular Weed Genetics: Patterson lab

I am looking to hire a student to help with research in my lab, which focuses on molecular weed science, herbicide resistance evolution, and plant genetics.  I have a small but active program that connects genetic research in the lab with the weed field program here at MSU. I am looking for a student to help with laboratory activities including plant production, routine molecular assays (i.e. PCR, DNA extractions, sample collection), and general lab tasks. There are also opportunities to be involved in other aspects of research, depending on your interests and availability, such as computational biology and next generation sequencing.  If you are interested, please contact me and we can schedule an interview:

Contact information: Eric Patterson, Assistant Professor patte543@msu.edu


Weed Science: Burns Lab

The Burns weed science program focuses on current and emerging problematic weeds in Michigan cropping systems. Current research is focused on biology, ecology, population dynamics, and integrated weed management of problematic weeds with emphasis on practices to mitigate the development and spread of herbicide-resistant weeds. We are looking for one/two undergraduate student(s) to work on both field and greenhouse weed science projects this fall/spring. Job duties include assisting with harvesting trials at the MSU agronomy farm, post-harvest plant sample processing, greenhouse plant management, and working with graduate students to collect data in the greenhouse and lab. For more information, please contact Erin Burns (burnser5@msu.edu), attach resume, and we can schedule an interview.  


Maize genetics and phenomics: Thompson lab

The Thompson Lab has several ongoing projects in high-throughput phenotyping, genetic dissection of complex traits, describing morphology, and predicting plant growth and development as it interacts with the environment. We will have need of additional help this fall to help with collecting traits, harvesting and shelling seed, and processing data. There is potential to continue into other semesters and summer employment, and to do research projects as well. If interested, please send a description of your interests, your availability, and a resume to Addie Thompson thom1718@msu.edu and Linsey Newton newtonl2@msu.edu


Forage Research: Cassida lab

The Cassida Forage lab is looking for a highly motivated undergrad to assist with all aspects of forage and cover crop research. Experience is not necessary.  Outdoor tasks include assisting with field sampling of hay, corn silage, pasture forage, and soil. Indoor tasks include phenology scoring, weighing and grinding forages, forage quality analyses, data entry, seedling establishment assays in germination chambers and greenhouse, assessment of root growth from scanned images, and assistance with extension publication layout. For interested students, a formal independent study research project is possible. Contact Dr. Kim Cassida (cassida@msu.edu ) or Joe Paling (paling@msu.edu) or for more information.


Michigan Forage Council Newsletter:

The Michigan Forage Council is looking for a student to produce their newsletter. Michigan Hay & Grazier is an 8-10 page newsletter that is published four times per year in both electronic and hardcopy format.  Preparation of the newsletter involves soliciting and collecting appropriate content on forage and grazing topics, layout into the page limits, and assembling the hard copy mailing.  Estimated time commitment is 16 hours per issue.  Contact Dr. Kim Cassida (cassida@msu.edu ) for more information.


Potato Breeding and Genetics: Douches lab/Joe Coombs

We often hire students to help with research in the Potato Breeding and Genetics Program.  We have a large and active program that connects genetic research in the lab with a strong variety-development oriented field program. You can learn more about our program here:

> http://potatobg.css.msu.edu/index.shtml

Currently, we are looking for a student to help with potato breeding activities, field research, and greenhouse minituber production. There are also often opportunities to be involved in other aspects of research in the program, depending on your interests and availability (i.e. lab research with molecular biology and tissue culture). If you are interested, please contact us and we can schedule an interview

Regards, Joseph Coombs  Potato Breeding and Genetics   coombs@msu.edu


Potato Breeding and Genetics: Douches lab/Natalie Kaiser

The Douches potato program develops improved tetraploid potato varieties for growers and uses genetic and genomic approaches to characterize the genes underlying important traits. In the past decade, the Douches program has also established a robust diploid potato breeding effort. Providing varieties with resistance to the insect pest, the Colorado potato beetle, will reduce the amount of insecticide necessary for control and could delay the development of insecticide resistance. A wild species of potato is known to provide host-plant resistance to this devastating pest, but the genic underpinnings are not yet understood. Breeding at the diploid level offers the opportunity to examine this valuable trait in a simpler genetic system and to use innovative genomic approaches. This project has greenhouse, lab and field components and is at the intersection of plant breeding and entomology. A student is needed 10-20 hours/week to assist in tasks such as tissue culture, Agrobacterium transformation, field beetle evaluation, laboratory detached leaf beetle bioassays, DNA and RNA sequencing, cloning, secondary metabolite analysis, and greenhouse pollinations. Lab experience is beneficial but not necessary. If interested, please send Natalie Kaiser an email at kirkwyla@msu.edu describing your background and work schedule availability.


MSU Potato Outreach Program: Damen Kurzer

The MSU Potato Outreach Program is seeking one undergraduate research aide with flexible or open availability on 1-2 days per week to assist with fall harvesting operations, grading, and data collection. Daily activities will revolve around collecting data on potato yields and quality. The position will also provide undergraduates hands-on research experience learning about commercial potato production and on-farm research in Michigan. The position requires same day traveling in state to on-farm research plots in various Michigan locations to harvest trials. An undergraduate with 1 to 2 days of flexible or open scheduling is preferred. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. If interested, please contact Damen Kurzer at kurzerda@msu.edu with your availability (ex. MW 8-5) and resume.

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