Annual Satsuma Picking at Dr. Overstreet’s

Once again, Dr. Charles Overstreet and his wife invited students and their friends to their beautiful house to pick satsumas from some of the most loaded trees. Attendees enjoyed an evening of delicious food and drinks and then headed for the satsumas on a sunny day. After some discussion about different types of fruit trees and Dr. Overstreet’s stories about cotton harvesting, among others, it was time to do all the picking.

The traditional satsuma picking at Dr. Overstreet has become one of our students’ favorite’s time of the year, this time with Halloween just around the corner.

We thank Dr. Overstreet and his beloved wife for hosting us and allowing us to collect delicious satsumas that we will enjoy for the following days.


Newest Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology Graduate Studies Handbook

A revised version of the Graduate Studies Handbook for our department’s graduate PhD and Master programs has been released. This document describes the graduate program of the Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology. It supersedes all previous department documents and becomes effective for all students entering the program Fall Semester, 2013 and thereafter.

Nature of Graduate Work

A graduate student’s orientation toward scholarship differs appreciably from that of many undergraduates. The undergraduate is commonly directed into a rather specific and somewhat inflexible curriculum requiring the passing of a defined number of courses to obtain the baccalaureate degree. Graduate students must assume far greater responsibility in pursuing a program of study that will best meet their particular needs. Class work at the graduate level serves mainly as a guide for independent study. Therefore, students should not expect to obtain a graduate degree merely by passing courses. Research plays an integral role in graduate education. As a result of constant and prolonged association with scholars and involvement in research, graduate students are stimulated to think clearly and independently and develop zeal for exploring the boundaries of knowledge.

Application Procedure

Students interested in applying for graduate study in the Deptartment of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology may access the website and click on “Application Info”.

For more information, please click on this link to be redirected to our Graduate_Studies_Handbook_10-2017


New GSA Officers Elected for the 2017-2018 Term

On August 29th, 2017, new officers were elected for the LSU Plant Pathology Graduate Student Association. We welcome our new president, Cesar Escalante and we wish him luck in organizing and making decisions to make our GSA succeed this upcoming academic year. We also congratulate our new officers (list below).

President: Cesar Escalante

Vice President: Jancee Rice

Treasurer: Yenjit Raruang

Secretary: Marija Zivanovic


Trip Committee

Chair: Daniel Cooke

Members: Yenjit, Jancee, Marija


Social Committee

Chair: Ateet Maharjan

Members: Favio, Manjula, Nike, Dongfang, Jhonson


Website Committee

Chair: Teddy Garcia

Members: Dan, Zac


Journal Club/ Training

Chair: Olanike Omolehin

Members: Tiago, Rebecca, Marija


Fundraising Committee

Chair: Rosalie Calderon

Members: Zac, Rachel, Jancee


At the same time, we thank our former president Rachel Herchlag, for her excellent work during the 2016-2017 term, as well as all officers who helped and all the students who engaged themselves in our GSA activities last year.

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