The mission of the Translational Plant Sciences Center is to recruit students and foster their education in the field of plant sciences in order to prepare them for interdisciplinary positions related to plant research, biotechnology, and agriculture.
The Translational Plant Sciences Center (TPSC) is both a graduate student recruitment program and a group of laboratories with broad research topics revolving around attaining of basic knowledge in the plant sciences and translation of this knowledge to improve crop production. The TPSC program is funded by the Virginia Tech Graduate School (Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program - IGEP program), the Fralin Life Sciences Institute, and individual departments.
Two bodies ensure the functioning of TPSC: the Executive Committee (TPSC EC), composed of faculty, and the Graduate Student Organization (TPSC GSO), composed of graduate students. Frequent communication and interaction between the TPSC EC and GSO ensures that the needs of both groups are addressed and collaborative efforts are prioritized for the growth of the organization.