"My education and experience in the Botany and Plant Pathology Department at Purdue University prepared me both academically and professionally for a professional position upon graduation. It gave me the life-long friendships which are invaluable. The faculty and staff in the department bring together a culmination of experience and knowledge that is unique from any other department in the country. The reputation of the department, faculty and staff, and the university has opened doors that I would have never known about otherwise. Unlike some academic institutions, the Botany and Plant Pathology Department at Purdue strives for a collegial environment in which students have the opportunity to learn from faculty and other students in a wide array of disciplines. My experience at Purdue was truly a “Once in a Life-Time Opportunity” and I am a proud graduate of Boiler U."