Welcome to the Botany and Plant Pathology BUDS Program webpage!

The purpose of this program is to strengthen community and academic excellence throughout the BPP department.

What is BUDS? Buds is a program entirely organized by graduate students in BPP. In this program, graduates and undergraduate students will be paired to engage in a mentor/mentee relationship (Buds).

Why participate? Participants will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with their graduate student mentor. We will provide each pair of BUDS with gift cards to campus dinning and coffee shops to facilitate meeting. We will also organize workshops for undergraduates (e.g. applying to gradschool, GREs, resume building, technical lab protocols, etc.) that will be lead by graduate students. Graduate students involved in the program will be exposed to the challenge of mentoring students and will have the opportunity to help others by sharing their perspective and experience.

How to get involved:

Email Dillon Blankenship (2017-18 BUDS Coordinator) at blankewy@oregonstate.edu

and watch your email for a BUDS email via BPP-Grads and BPP-UG at the beginning of every term with appropriate forms to sign up.

BPP BUDS Fall 2017 Program Schedule
Event Time & Date Location

Participation requirements: Interested students are required to submit an application. Student pairs (Buddies) will be selected based on interests, activities, and their central academic program. Applications must be resubmitted each quarter, when new pairs will be formed to maximize the diversity of interactions and allow for flexibility in graduate student availability.  The quality of this program will be monitored and maintained through quarterly assessment surveys and by volunteer coordinators from the GSA or greater BPP graduate student body. The volunteer coordinators will be responsible for establishing the mentor/mentee pairs and holding participants accountable for quarterly meetings. Involvement will include attendance at a quarterly pizza dinner, as well as a required in person meeting every quarter between mentors and mentees.  Additional contact will be strongly encouraged. 

Purpose: The purpose of this program is to improve academic excellence by engaging and educating undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. This program will try to provide students with opportunities for outreach, community involvement, and mentoring skill development while also uniting the department and program.