2016 Internship information has been posted

2015 P2EP Symposium

The P2EP symposium was a success! The agenda--with links to videos--is posted here.

A student-driven initiative that fuses plant science with human health

The Plant Pathways Elucidation Project, or P2EP, is a groundbreaking $1.9 million program that engages college students from across North Carolina in a first-of-its-kind education and research endeavor. The program is fueled by one of the largest consortiums of academic and industry organizations ever assembled at the N.C. Research Campus. P2EP teams up university scientists, industry leaders and college students who together will explore plant pathways to answer why and how plants, like fruits and vegetables, benefit human health.

Science students from N.C. colleges and universities gain research experience in a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment – one-of-a-kind scientific research opportunities – which better prepares them for successful STEM careers.

Program Goals

P2EP pursues three primary goals: educational opportunity, scientific discovery and knowledge base creation. In working toward these objectives, P2EP will advance scientific research, create opportunities for industry and consumers, and enhance human health.

Educational opportunity

- with its dynamic composition of academic and industry partners, in addition to state-of-the-art scientific facilities and instrumentation, the program offers one-of-a-kind opportunities to students; P2EP is cultivating the scientists of tomorrow.

Scientific discovery

- a primary goal of the P2EP program is to identify and map plant pathways in food crops – that is, decode the steps taken to produce the beneficial compounds – to better understand how they function and can benefit human health. The first crops of focus are blueberries, broccoli, oats and strawberries.

Knowledge base

- the program will create a knowledge database to organize and analyze the extensive amounts of data generated. The goal is to assemble plant pathways research in a knowledge base so researchers can find information quickly and focus on the science.




Want to learn more about to how to get involved with and support P2EP?
Visit the Partnerships page!