Botany & Plant Pathology Diversity Advancement Graduate Assistantship

BPP Diversity Advancement Graduate Assistantship

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (BPP) is pleased to invite applicants for the BPP Diversity Advancement Graduate Assistantship. BPP provides funding for a graduate assistantship to increase the ethnic and cultural diversity in plant sciences, to promote diversification of the academic environment in BPP and OSU, and to prepare students for their future careers in academics and industry. This assistantship is intended to create opportunities that enhance the inclusion of graduate students from nontraditional backgrounds who have expressed interests in a career in the plant sciences.
  1. Acceptance into Graduate School by Oregon State University.
  2. US citizen, permanent resident, or DACA.
  3. At least one of the following diversity enhancement-based criteria:
  • previously participated in a TRIO Program (Educational Opportunity Center, Talent Search, Student Support Services, Upward Bound, McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program);
  • previously participated in a College Assistance Migrant Program ( CAMP);
  • previously attended a minority-serving institution;
  • primary language is other than English;
  • documented financial need (based upon FAFSA application process) with consideration of low income status;
  • first generation to attend a university;
  • previously participated in a summer research opportunity program for underserved undergraduates;
  • demonstrated engagement with communities that are underrepresented in higher education and an ability to bring this experience to the learning environment;
  • interest in using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and research

Assistantship Details

The BPP Diversity Advancement Graduate Assistantship will provide a stipend, tuition remission, and benefits including health insurance. The period of award is for one year. Future funding is based on the expectation of adequate academic progress and may include support by Principal Investigator research grants and departmental teaching assistantships.

Application Requirements
  1. Submit a standard BPP Graduate program application (online);
  2. In addition to all supplemental materials requested as part of the standard application (e.g., transcripts, letters of reference, statement of intent, etc.), application must provide a letter requesting that they be considered for the BPP Diversity Advancement Graduate Assistantship and detail how they meet the necessary qualifications outlined above.


Applications to the BPP graduate program must be received in the Department and the Graduate School by 5pm on December 1, 2023. For more information contact the BPP Graduate Studies Committee at 541-737-5362 or Jeff Anderson at