The Visiting Scholars Program in The Louis W. Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at the University Park campus of Penn State University supports guests for periods of 3 months to 3 years for technical training, sabbaticals, and research collaborations in areas related to molecular genetics.

The Schatz Visiting Scholars program supports visitors in The Louis W. Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics for periods of three months to three years for technical training, short-term projects, and to establish long-term research collaborations in the general area of tree molecular genetics. Examples of appropriate Schatz Visiting Scholars include University faculty on sabbatical leaves, established industry or government scientists seeking advanced training, and graduate students enrolled outside of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State who wish to incorporate a molecular genetics component in their thesis, among others. It is anticipated that Schatz Visiting Scholars will, in addition to conducting research, prepare manuscripts and/or apply for research award programs (to Fulbright, NSF, or similar agencies) while in residence at the Schatz Center, as appropriate. Financial support will be available for salary supplementation, assistantships, research expenses, education and travel expenses, and support services, to the extent determined by endowment earnings.

The Schatz Center molecular genetics labs and offices, under the direction of Dr. John E. Carlson, are located in the new Forest Resources Building at Penn State's University Park campus. Research experiences with other faculty members is also encouraged. The Schatz Center is well equipped for all aspects of genomics and plant biotechnology.

To apply or to request further information please contact John Carlson. Applications should include a statement of research interests and experience and a current CV, preferably as e-mail ( attachments or by FAX: 814-865-3725. Students should also include a letter of support from their thesis adviser.

Past Schatz Center Visiting Scientists

January - July, 2013

  • Diky Diningrat, Institut Teknologi, Bandung, Indonesia, Ph.D. student

January - July, 2013

  • Professor Nanan Martiana, Institut Teknologi, Bandung, Indonesia.

November - May, 2013

  • Professor Ma. Genaleen Diaz, Institute of Genetics, University of the Philippines, Fulbright scholar

June - September, 2012

  • Professor Rita Laude, Institute Biological Sciences, University of the Philippines, visiting scholar

July - December, 2012

  • Dr. Catherine Bodénès, UMR Biogeco, INRA Recherches Forestieres, Bordeaux, France

2011 - 2014

  • Dr. Teodora Orendovici Best, Pennsylvania State University

June - August 2011

  • Juyoung Kim, Chonnam National University, Ph.D. student

September - March 2011

  • Lili Guo, Beijing Forestry University, Ph.D. student

January - August 2010

  • Professor Jeanne Romero-Severson, Department of Biology, Notre Dame University

June - August, 2008 and 2009

  • Professor Ketia Shumaker, Department of Biology, University of West Alabama

2008 -2009

  • Dr. Laxmi Priyadarshini, Visakhapatnam, AP, India

January - August 2008

  • Dr. Agnieszka Bagniewska-Zadworna, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland

November - August 2006

  • Dr. Kyung-Nak Hong, Korean Forestry Research Institute

June - September, 2001

  • Dr. Yong-Pyo Hong, Korean Forestry Research Institute

October, 2000

  • Dr. Mulkh Raj Ahuja, University of California at Davis

January - May, 1999

  • Professor Jack Schultz, Dept. of Entomology, Penn State University

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