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If I join a Danforth Plant Science Center Laboratory, where will my Ph.D. come from?
The graduate program with which you are affiliated will award your Ph.D.

Are there currently students at the Danforth Plant Science Center?
There are currently 15 graduate students at the Danforth Plant Science Center from several institutions including Washington University, University of Missouri Columbia and University of Missouri St. Louis.

What types of research facilities are available at the Danforth Plant Science Center?
The Danforth Plant Science Center provides scientists with access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and technology with which to expand and attain their research endeavors. High quality services are offered to both internal and external clients, and training/access is available to students interested in developing knowledge and skills in the specific areas of expertise. Core technologies include BioinformaticsProteomics and Mass SpectrometryTissue Culture and Transformation, and a new custom-built Phenotyping facility. The Center’s Plant Growth Facility (PGF) is a state-of-the-art facility built for research product development consisting of three greenhouse ranges with 44 houses totaling 44,200 square feet as well 18 Conviron walk-in growth chambers and 33 reach-in growth rooms. In addition, the PGF offers specialized work areas for seed processing, seed storage, and potting rooms. 

How does the Danforth Plant Science Center support graduate education?
The open laboratory architecture and scientific culture at the Danforth Plant Science Center promote sharing and scientific collaboration at all levels. Students are encouraged to participate in a self-organized group called the Committee for Scientific Training and Mentoring (CSTM) that represents and supports the students, postdoctoral fellows and technical staff. All Danforth Center trainees participate in a Center-wide weekly research seminar where they present their work and receive constructive feedback. Additional opportunities such as retreats and seminars allow students to interact informally with Danforth Center staff, faculty and visiting scientists. Social activities throughout the year provide a lively environment for entertainment and exchange at all levels.