August 18, 2022
Discovery - Extension - Education


  Through a combination of research, teaching and outreach, students leave with a solid background in any one of four major thrust areas: Genetic Improvement of Economic Crops, Cropping Systems and Plant Nutrition, Environmental Soils and Landscape Processes, and Turf and the Urban Environment.

Graduate Studies

Fellowships Available

Fellowship availability is subject to change.  You are strongly encouraged to contact individual faculty members for program-specific information regarding fellowships.

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Ph.D. Fellowship- Purdue University 's Interdisciplinary Potassium Research Team ("K-Team") in the Department of Agronomy invites applications from Ph.D.-seeking graduate students interested in soil potassium fertility and its impact on plant potassium nutrition. << More Information >>

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships - The Fellowship Office of PGA administers predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowship programs in research-based fields of study. The office currently administers the following programs: Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships For Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching, the Resident Research Associateship Programs, the U.S. Department of State Jefferson Science Fellows Program, the Vietnam Education Foundation Fellowships, and HUD Urban Scholars Program.

Purdue Research Foundation Fellowship-Ph.D. only

Discovery and Characterization of Taproot Genes Controlling Alfalfa Survival

Genetic selection continues to be the primary mechanism by which we increase yield and stress tolerance of alfalfa. However, as in many crop species, future improvements by genetic manipulation will depend on new insights into basic physiological and biochemical plant processes. The limiting factor in this area is that we lack knowledge of discrete traits or genes controlling stress tolerance and persistence of alfalfa that can serve as targets for manipulation using modern genetic techniques. Our long-term goal is to improve yield and persistence of alfalfa by identifying and manipulating genes that affect these traits. This project includes an integrated set of experiments designed to critically examine changes in taproot gene expression and physiology that accompany drastic changes in alfalfa survival in the field as influenced by altered P and K nutrition. From these studies will emerge a much better understanding of physiological processes and molecular events that impact survival of alfalfa and other forage legumes. For additional information contact Dr. Jeffrey J. Volenec (