By Bharat Mishra
It’s always great to have an interactive session on the last day of any course about the overall feedback and forward interests. The environment on June 21 at the OUTPACE 2017 summer research institute was amazing. Time for having a roundtable chat session with snacks and certificates at Department of Biology, UAB.
Figure 1. (a) Discussion table, (b) Mouthwatering Cake.
Session started with opening remarks of course instructor (Dr. Karolina Mukhtar) about OUTPACE 2017 course and participants. She expressed the challenges of multidisciplinary course integration ranging from plants, pathogens (bacteria, fungi, oomycetes, nematodes and insects) and GMO crops to Plant Sustainable Disease Management in a short term course.
Figure 2. It’s time for Dr. Karolina Mukhtar to cut the cake.
Afterwards, participants enlisted their views about the overall experience of Lectures, Labs and garden visits. It was most important to note that participants enjoyed the OUTPACE 2017 course content, management and flow of lecture along with microbial lab sessions.
Now, the floor was open to discuss their future interests and challenges. Some (40%) of the participants were very much satisfied with the plant-pathogen interaction as a major research area for their future investigations. While few participants expressed their interest in human medicine, though they were happy about microbiology labs techniques learned during OUTPACE. Dr. Karolina Mukhtar talked about the challenges and competitiveness to get a funded PhD position at UAB. Also, she shared her PhD experience at Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany.
Finally, Dr. Mukhtar awarded a completion certificate to each participant and discussed the importance and contribution of completing a NSF funded course. A special event came to end with hugs and well wishes to Dr. Mukhtar and participants.
Figure 3. Certificates of 4th Annual OUTPACE Summer Research Institute “Outreach Plant Pathology Clinic and Education” 2017.
Well-deserved and congratulations all OUTPACE 2017 summer research institute participants and team members for successful completion of course!
Figure 4. All participants with their OUTPACE 2017 completion certificates.