PlantingScience Fellows Needed for Digging Deeper (with NSF)

Digging DeeperASPB and the Botanical Society of America (BSA) are recruiting 20 PlantingScience Fellows to participate in the Digging Deeper Project.

Application Deadline – March 15, 2016

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Digging Deeper: Developing a Model for Collaborative Teacher/Scientist Professional Development

The Digging Deeper project will develop, implement, and test a professional development (PD) model whereby teachers and scientists (PlantingScience Fellows) work closely together over extended periods to guide high school students in authentic science investigations and then to reflect on instructional and mentoring strategies that are effective for enhancing student learning. Digging Deeper is a professional development (PD) research project that builds on the success of PlantingScience, an online science mentoring community for middle and high school biology students.


Applicants for the PlantingScience Fellow position should be early career scientists with an abiding interest in and professional experience relevant to:

  • Collaborating with classroom teachers to help students learn how to conduct research on plants.
  • Taking part in face-to-face and online professional development to help enhance the practice of teaching science in high schools.
  • Participating in a research project to find out how collaborations among teachers, research scientists, and students can lead to enhanced student learning.
  • Mentoring students as they work more with plants and develop mastery of the process of science.

Time Commitment

  • Summer 2016 Institute – Fellows are required to attend ONE workshop in Colorado Spring, CO on June 26-July 1 OR July 10-16. Expenses are covered by the program.
  • Professional Interactions – Fellows will attend monthly videoconference calls with teachers and participate in online orientation and discussion June 2016 – January 2017.
  • Student Mentoring – Fellows will be PlantingScience scientist mentors for 2 student teams from September 12-November 25, 2016. Teams and Fellows will exchange comments online about 3 times/week while the projects are active. Alignment with North American time zone daytime/school hours is required.


Fellows and students will be able to communicate online via the robust PlantingScience platform. Students can post questions for their scientist mentor about their investigations. Fellows may offer insights about plant biology, help provide guidance about conducting scientific research, suggest resources for the students, and/or ask questions to probe or stimulate student thinking. Communication with PS program directors is similarly robust and managed via the platform and email.

Compensation for Fellows

  • Stipend – $2000 stipend: 2/3 distributed after the summer institute and 1/3 after Fellow completes project completion survey(s)
  • Expenses reimbursed for the summer institute
  • One-year membership in either BSA or ASPB along with basic meeting registration for either society’s annual meeting.


2 thoughts on “PlantingScience Fellows Needed for Digging Deeper (with NSF)”

  1. Great opportunity ! I would like to participate. I am a Ph.D. Scholar in the area of Floriculture and Landscaping, a student of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, from India. Please let me know the further details.

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