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CAPS Membership

Being a CAPS Member

CAPS welcomes membership of OSU faculty having programs and/or expertise that contribute to the CAPS strategic areas. Membership can take a variety of forms, including individuals with a leadership position in TPS, service on a CAPS committee, recipient or applicant for a Seed Grant, and/or regular attendance at CAPS seminars. Members will provide biographical material for the CAPS website.


  • Opportunity to enhance broader impacts (postdoc training, Functional Genomics and other CAPS organized workshops participation, K‐12 educational activities) in activities including grant application.
  • Discount at select facilities for CAPS Team researchers and not charged to grants.Access to the CAPS Computational Biology Laboratory (CCBL) and its resources.
  • Access to Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) and Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) students.
  • Opportunity to acquire P status in the Translational Plant Sciences (TPS) Graduate Program and access to TPS students (see appendix).
  • Use of Rightmire greenhouse/growth rooms for CAPS projects (contingent on availability).
  • Assistance with CAPS-derived grant management support, including funding opportunity searches, budget assistance, and pre and post-­award management on CAPS‐assisted awards.
  • Use of Rightmire shared equipment and resources.


  • Listing CAPS (0% Award, 0% Expenditures) on ePA-005.
  • Service on CAPS committees.
  • Review of CAPS SEED grant and Scientific Team applications.
  • Attendance at CAPS seminars.

How to Become a Member:

  1. Send the following information to caps@osu.edu. See our People section of the website for examples.
    1. Your work title and department
    2. Office number or building
    3. A biography of your work and educational history
    4. Your research interests/3 areas of expertise
    5. Add your picture to the OPIC site
      1. Click “to add/update your photo in the staff directory"
      2. This will update your headshot on all University related webpages that you are listed on. It will update on the CAPS page and your department.
  2. The CAPS Seminar Series is a weekly informational session hosted in Rightmire Hall on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 PM. Members of the CAPS community, as well as any interested faculty (including non-OSU faculty) and graduate students are encouraged and welcome to speak. If you are interested in giving a presentation, please review our seminar schedule and email caps@osu.edu to specify which date you would like to speak.
  3. Rightmire Hall is a locked building where swipe access is required to attend CAPS Seminars. Please go to our website and fill out the necessary information to gain access to seminars.
    1. For the “Lab associated with section”, please put Jessica Weitthoff.
  4. If you ever need to get in touch with the CAPS administration, the best way to contact us is by email through caps@osu.edu. Our Director is Jay Hollick with Associate Directors Dave Mackey and Andy Michel.  The administrative staff for CAPS are Jessica Weitthoff (.2, Center Manager), David Spisak (.9, Fiscal Associate) and two administrative students (Whitney Schott, Milad Vedaie) who will provide assistance as soon as possible via caps@osu.edu.
  5. If you are interested in learning about any of our programs or opportunities available, we would schedule a meeting with Director Jay Hollick. Please let caps@osu.edu know and we will set up a date and time.
  6. Sign up for our distribution list at: http://eepurl.com/disAc5. You will now receive a monthly email with updates about CAPS including potential funding opportunities, future events, as well as what other CAPS members have achieved.  Also, you’ll receive weekly emails about the seminar speaker.
  7. Social Media: We follow our members on social media!
    1. Our Twitter handle is: @CAPS_OSU
    2. Our Facebook is: @TheCenterforAppliedPlantSciences