Samantha Yanders - Undergraduate Student

Samantha Yanders 


Cell: (816)-686-5859 




2019-Present – University of Missouri – Columbia, MO 

B.S. in Plant Science, dual emphasis in Breeding, Biology, and Biotechnology & Horticultural Science and Design 

Bright Flight scholarship recipient – Top 3 percent of Missouri high school students, ACT of 31 or higher 

Chancellor’s Award Recipient – ACT of 31 or higher 

Estimated Graduation – Spring 2023  


2015-2019 – Blue Springs High School – Blue Springs, MO  

High school diploma, magna cum laude 

Weighted GPA of 3.81 

Completed several AP courses 

Dual Enrolled in college courses through University of Missouri-Kansas City 


Professional Experience 


2019-Present – Gary Stacey Lab – University of Missouri, Columbia 

Freshman Research in Plant Science (FRIPS) student participant. Only the top 12 of applicants in 2019 accepted into the program. 

Learning laboratory techniques, such as plasmid DNA extraction, running gel electrophoresis for examination, preparing media for plant and bacterial growth, preparing and running PCR for DNA amplification, and setting up and accurately recording experiments. 


May-August 2019 – Missouri Department of Conservation – Burr Oak Woods, Blue Springs 

Summer Intern 

Managed several native gardens, including a shade and pollinator garden. Learned about habitat, identification, and cultivation of native plants. Led youth outreach programs to encourage inner-city children to take interest in plants and conservation.