Current Graduate Students


Current Students: 

Funding Opportunities

Assistantship Information

Leath Presidential Fellowship

Zirakparvar Fellowship

Charles J. Gould Travel Award

AND most conferences offer student travel awards!

For more information about funding opportunities and graduate student financial aid, please visit our student financial aid page.

Program Requirements:

Academic Requirements
Both the Graduate College and PLPM require students to maintain a 3.0 GPA. Graduate students must maintain full-time status to retain stipend and tuition support. Full-time status is at least 9 credits per semester and 1 credit during the summer. MS students must complete 30 credits in order to graduate, Ph.D students must complete 72 credits. Credits are earned through coursework and thesis/dissertation research.

Degree Coursework Requirements

Minor in Plant Pathology

For M.S. students: Two 500/600 level courses and 1 semester of Plant Pathology Seminar (PLP 698). For Ph.D. students: Three 500/600 level courses and 2 semesters of Plant Pathology Seminar (PLP 698). A minor must be approved by your committee and you must have a representative from PLPM on your committee. Your minor must be tested during the preliminary exam (Ph.D.) and final oral exam (M.S. and Ph.D.). 

Course Offerings

 A full list of course offerings can be found on the ISU Course Catalog

Course sequence (all Pl P courses offered in alternate years except Pl P 408/508)






Laboratory methods (597)

Plant Virology (509)

Plant-pathogen interactions (506)

Nematology (574)

Extension experience (581)

Seed pathology (594)


Plant pathogenic fungi (512)

Bacteriology (577)

Field plant pathology (691)

Disease management (530)

Molecular plant pathology (692)


Graduate Student Handbook

For a complete description of student guidelines in the department, please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook. For more information about the Graduate College policies please refer to Iowa State University Graduate Student Handbook

ISU Graduate Students at a GSO eventGraduate Student Organization

The Plant Pathology Graduate Student Organization (GSO) seeks to encourage learning and research in plant pathology through sponsoring and providing an arena for the communication of plant pathology information from research of interest. This is accomplished by helping organize weekly seminars during the academic year, hosting an annual summer retreat, and organizing informal social events. Every student in the department is considered a member of the GSO. Elections for officer positions are held in December every year. 

Check out our Plant Pathology Student Organization website for more information. Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook and take a look at all the fun we have!

Not on the Syllabus (Professional Tips and Tricks)

Throughout our department's Lunch & Learn and Seminar Series various speakers will share their insight into the professional world. This section is dedicated to sharing those secrets that you won't find on the syllabus. Check back often to see what new information has been added. 

Don't forget you can always start a discussion on one of our social media pages to learn even more secrets of the trade. 

Here are some topics that we have covered so far:

Authorship and Publication - Mark Gleason.pdf

So you got a job offer - Justin Walley.pdf

Startup Negotiation Tips - Wei Wang.pdf

Lab Setup Tips - Wei Wang.pdf