The APS Office of Private Sector Relations (OPSR) develops visionary dialog for long-term health of APS and industry interactions, optimizes interactions between APS and its membership on matters pertaining to the diverse industries related to plant disease management, and strengthens advocacy for science-based public policy.
Contact any of the OPSR Board Members with your suggestions and input.
Registration is currently OPEN
The Tour of Private Sector and Government Institutions will be held June 13–15, 2017. This event is open to graduate students and post-docs who are interested in understanding how organizations in the private sector operate and what types of career opportunities may be available. The tour will also include a stop at a government facility to gain perspectives on opportunities in the government sector.
The tour will encompass three full days in the California heartland, the San Joaquin Valley, and cover a broad range of activities and potential career opportunities. Topics will cover biotechnology, crop protection, discovery research, seed health, and plant health regulations, among others. Participants are responsible for their own airfare and hotel accommodations. OPSR will provide local travel and meals. Sponsoring/organizing faculty are also welcome. Registration will be limited, on a first-come, first-served basis, to up to 25 participants and will be open on the APS website January 16 through February 16, 2017.
Plant Pathology Experiential Awards
In collaboration with the APS Foundation, OPSR will also introduce two experiential awards, one in support of an individual’s short-term learning experience with a nonacademic institution and one in support of a department’s on-site visit to one or multiple nonacademic organizations in order to enhance awareness of business operations and potential career opportunities. Full Plant Pathology Experiential Award application details and deadlines are available on the APS Foundation application website.