Dear fellow graduate students,
As most of you are aware, the Plant Science Graduate Student Association (PSGSA) will be hosting the 34th Annual Plant Science Graduate Student Symposium at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB on March 16-17, 2018.
The theme for this year’s symposium is “Cultivating the Field of Big Data”. The event will host student presentations, 3-4 keynote speakers, a panel discussion and a variety of networking events. We are inviting graduate students from the University of Manitoba, University of Saskatchewan, North Dakota State University as well as other neighboring universities in Canada and the United States.
We highly encourage fellow graduate students to attend the upcoming symposium as this event will be a great opportunity to improve research skills, share ideas, and expand our network among graduate students.
Please visit website www.psgsa-uofm.com<http://www.psgsa-uofm.com/> for details and updates for the schedule and speakers. The deadline for event registration is 2nd Feb 2018 and abstract submission is 23rd Feb 2018. Please follow the link on the website for registration and abstract submission.
We highly appreciate fellow students for volunteering in different organizing sub-committees. We still require lots of hands for successful hosting of symposium. If you are interested in volunteering on one of the sub-committees, or helping on the days of the symposium, please let us know, as we are always looking for extra volunteers!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
PhD Student, Department of Plant Science
University of Manitoba
From: Steve Sheppard <sheppards=ecomatters.com(a)mail10.wdc01.mcdlv.net> on behalf of Steve Sheppard <sheppards(a)ecomatters.com>
Sent: January 31, 2018 11:28 AM
To: Anita Brule-Babel
Subject: CSSS and CSA: Job Posting from Dow AgroSciences, Edmonton
Research Scientist, Integrated Field Sciences R&D www.dow.com/careers Competition # 1711875
Dow AgroSciences has an exciting and challenging opportunity for a Research Scientist, located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The purpose of the Research Scientist job is to: (1) plan and implement field research and development programs to validate the field biology and performance of new product concepts; (2) recognize future marketplace needs and influence the development of new product concepts; and (3) provide technical support to maximize sales of new and existing products. The Research Scientist develops and maintains effective relationships with University, academic, government and private research collaborators and key customers. The successful candidate will provide commercial technical support and characterize new products through self-initiated field trials as well as cooperative research.
- Plan and implement field research programs to validate the performance of new products and technologies in development, and to build registration dossiers.
- Hires, trains and mentors post-secondary students and contractors to assist with implementation of the field program. - Summarizes and analyzes data, sharing observations with stakeholders to support the characterization and advancement of new products.
- Organizes field tours upon request and selects appropriate trials to support decision making in a regional/global trial program.
- Measures and documents field performance, understands resistance issues, and identifies current and emerging trends and issues in the region. Proposes and shares technical positioning as part of cross functional product development teams. - Serves as the biology lead and technical subject matter expert on cross functional product development teams comprised of Marketing, Sales, Regulatory, Formulation and Supply chain leaders.
- Collaborates with the Regulatory team to summarize field data and author reportsfor the Canadian PMRA to register new active ingredients and product use patterns. - Provides input on the critical assessment and prioritization of technical needs and activities essential to the implementation of business strategy.
- Establish and maintain research relationships with University, government, extension and consultant cooperators. - Identify new business opportunities for Dow AgroSciences, keep abreast of market trends, and influence development of new products.
- Develop and maintain key contacts within the technical community (university, extension, federal and state agencies, natural resource non-governmental organizations, and industry/commodity associations). - Provide direct technical support to the Dow AgroSciences commercial team. - Promote proper use of Dow AgroSciences products through development and delivery of product stewardship programs.
- Master's Degree or higher
- PhD or higher in Weed Science, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Plant Molecular Biology, Soil Science, Agronomy or related Biological Science.
- In-depth knowledge of the theories and practices of agricultural science.
- Demonstrated proficiency in conducting and publishing refereed research.
- A working knowledge of agronomic production practices, crop protection, biotechnology, molecular biology and/or plant genetics.
- Strong communication skills and demonstrated ability to transfer technology through scientific presentation and publication. Comfortable engaging and interacting with internal (marketing, sales, regulatory) and external (producers, academics, consultants) stakeholders.
- Practical knowledge of education techniques and experience transferring technical information to diverse audiences.
ABOUT DOW AGROSCIENCES: Dow AgroSciences discovers, develops, and brings to market crop protection and plant biotechnology solutions forthe growing world. Dow AgroSciences Canada has research operates across the country, with a head office in Calgary, Alberta. Dow AgroSciences Canada is part of the agricultural division of DowDuPont(tm), a global agricultural science and technology company with a diversified seed, trait and crop protection portfolio and operations in over 130 countries.
Learn more at
The closing date is February 16, 2018 and applicants must apply on-line.
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Please find attached the recently approved Department of Plant Science Guidelines for M.Sc. Student Advisory Committee Meetings / Ph.D. Student Advisory Committee Meetings.
These guidelines are in effect from today on.
They'll be added to the Plant Science home page for easy access.
On Thursday, February 1, 2018, the Department of Plant Science, Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be:
"Isolating a Gene that Suppresses Stem Rust Resistance in Wheat"
Dr. Colin Hiebert
Research Scientist, Wheat Genetics
Morden Research & Development Centre
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
At 3:30 p.m. in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, Room 130, Agriculture Building. A Poster is attached.
Coffee at 3:00 p.m. in the Atrium
Product Excellence Agronomist, Bayer Crop Science
Permanent Position; Location: Field/Home-based, Brandon, MB, Regina, SK or Yorkton, SK
This position is accountable to the Product Excellence Manager, and responsible for developing trial protocols as well as establishing and maintaining field trial and Digital Farming sites production for the purpose of evaluation, statistical analysis and summary with the goal of developing agronomic recommendations and identifying targeted seed quality enhancements that will provide the highest return to growers.
Ability to independently conduct field research experiments as assigned
Responsible for a Minimum of 5 locations
Develop successful, sustainable and productive relationships with growers and industry
Take in-depth phenotypic evaluation notes
Masters Degree or Degree plus equivalent experience in Agriculture or related discipline
Minimum of 2-8 years as an agronomist
Agronomic expertise and well-rounded technical skills and understanding of research and the seed industry
Thorough understanding of the InVigor Hybridization System and Seed Technology
Advanced computer and data analysis skills
Ability to work in a team as well as operate independently
Professional written and verbal communication skills
Skilled in Presentation Skills, Time Management and Managing and Understanding Behaviour differences
Trained with Forklift (where applicable), First Aid, Dangerous Goods, WHMIS Skills
Training related to technical aspects of Agriculture specifically as it applies to Breeding/Research
To Apply: visit https://www.cropscience.bayer.ca/Our-Company/Careers.aspx and search for positions in the Seeds Operations Department. Application deadline: 2 February 2018.
INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP (IGSS)
$2,700 to $5,400 (approx)
Full details at: Read more »<http://webapps.cc.umanitoba.ca/gradawards/index.asp?WCI=SearchForm&WCE=brow…>
Deadline: April 11th, 2018
Before you apply, please review the information on the FAQ page: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/funding/igssfaq.html
The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers scholarships valued at up to the international differential tuition fee amount, to graduate students who:
(1) are international students (i.e., those in Canada on study permits);
(2) are enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies in:
(a) the second year of a Ph.D. program with a two-year fee structure (Plant Science/Soil Science);
(b) the first year of a Ph.D. program after completing a Master's degree at the University of Manitoba;
(3) are paying the international student differential tuition fee;
(6) are not recipients of external award funding that pays for their tuition.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are planning to transfer from a Master’s to a PhD program, or to apply to a PhD program for the Summer 2018, Fall 2018 or Winter 2019 term after April 1st, 2018, you are encouraged to apply and must apply by the April 11th deadline if you wish to be considered for the IGSS for the 2018 -2019 academic year. Even if you are unsure of what you will do, you are encouraged to submit an application.
International Students who are unsure if they are eligible to apply are encouraged to submit an application. An assessment of eligibility will be performed once your complete application is received.
Department of Plant Science ǀ Department of Soil Science
226 Agriculture Building, 66 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3T 2N2
This is a reminder for the Hub Night tomorrow. We will meet in the Grad Student's Lounge at 5:00 pm and head over together.
We welcome everyone to join us!
See you all there!
PSGSA Social Director
222 Agriculture Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R37 2N2
From: Agriculture Placement
Sent: January-19-18 4:27 PM
To: Martha Blouw
Subject: job opportunity for a graduate student
Hello, I thought I would pass this job opportunity on as it may be suitable for an upcoming or recent graduate from a masters program.
Community Liaison/Co-op and Job Placement Coordinator
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
160D Agriculture Building
University of Manitoba
(204) 480 - 1488