COLUMBIA, Mo.--A fourth grader might not be excited to learn about plant-fungus interactions under normal circumstances, but he or she might perk up if the lesson is named "Funky Fungi" and an enthusiastic graduate student teaches it. That's the idea behind the new Life Sciences Graduate Student Outreach (LSGSO) program, which connects University of Missouri-Columbia graduate students in the sciences with kindergarten through 12th grade school teachers. At the request of a teacher, LSGSO will provide a graduate student who can teach a hands-on science lesson in a public school classroom.

"Our goal is to inspire young people and generate...

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