Large group Plant Pathology students

Graduate Student Organization

Who we are

The Plant Pathology Student Organization consists of MS and PhD students who are studying important diseases/disorders that affect plants from the scale of molecular interactions to applied field-based research. The organization includes all students in the Plant Pathology program and has elected officers that help advocate for our students at all levels of the university. Students are encouraged to nominate themselves or others for officer positions and to participate in the student organization.

Where we are

Members are located across the state from main campus in Pullman to the Research and Extension Centers in Mount Vernon, Prosser, Puyallup, and Wenatchee. Visit or reach out to any officer with any questions.

What we do

The Plant Pathology Student Organization provides support to students and host meetings twice a month. One meeting focuses on logistics and the other is more social. Those meetings are usually scheduled at the beginning of each semester.

In addition to academic work, members like to have fun. There are many events the organization hosts throughout the year:

  • Fall Festival Booth
  • Thanksgiving potluck
  • Winter party
  • Mushroom forays
  • Student-invited speaker events
  • Departmental swag design
  • Monthly game nights
  • Lentil Festival
  • Weekly coffee hours

How to get involved

Elections are held every year in March. Please see our Constitution (pdf) if you would like to learn more about our roles. Everyone is invited to attend meetings or send comments/feedback.


Sam Jayasinghe

Vice President
Itsuhiro Ko

Roshani Baral-Mount Vernon Rep

Kristen Bullough

Faculty Liaison
Elliott Marston

GPSA CAHNRS Representative
Anita Paneru