Association of Plant Pathology Scholars


The Association of Plant Pathology Scholars (APPS) is the UK Department of Plant Pathology's organization of graduate students, postdocs, and other scholars.  This group was established in 2003 to voice graduate student opinions and to keep students informed of new departmental policies; membership has since expanded to include postdocs and visiting scholars.

APPS meets regularly to update graduate students and others on upcoming university, college, and departmental policy changes that directly affect them. To voice graduate student and postdoc opinions and concerns, APPS also chooses  representatives to attend every faculty meeting.

The Association plans social and enrichment programs, such as departmental picnics and the graduate student retreat.  APPS also sponsors the annual Extension seminar presented by the department's Extension specialists.

APPS logo

In 2019, APPS won the University of Kentucky Lead Blue Civic Engagement 2019 Award.  This award honors the work and achievement of associations that have greatly contributed to the inclusion and development of their members, as well as to society, through networking and outreach activities.  

If you would like to know more about this association or have any questions regarding being a graduate student or postdoc in our department, please feel free to contact one of the current officers:

  • President - Caleb Mathias
  • Vice President - Simran Goyal
  • Treasurer - Henry Smith
  • Secretary - Kelsey Mehl
  • Public Relations - Yuyan Liu
  • Faculty Advisor - Lou Hirsch

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