Cornell University Plant Genome Research Project
Since 2003, undergraduate students from across the country have been coming to the Boyce Thompson Institute and Cornell University to participate in our 10-week summer internship program.. The internship program involves students in laboratory-based Plant Genome Research Projects (PGRP). By participating in PGRP summer internships, students gain a broader knowledge of plant genetics, take away a better understanding of genuine scientific research and connect with others that are interested in careers in science and research. Students in the internship program will have the opportunity to:
- Work closely with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and scientists to investigate current topics in plant science throughout the summer
- Join one of the participating labs according to preference and availability
- Be mentored by a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow
- Learn the latest in molecular biology techniques
- Participate in fieldwork, depending on the lab
- Work on a supervised independent project within the framework of the mentor's research program
- Attend lab meetings, read and discuss recent literature related to their project
- Attend a weekly plant science seminar with scientists from BTI, Cornell and the USDA
- All interns must be US citizens or Permanent Residents with valid green cards. Undergraduates must be enrolled in a college or university and in good academic standing.
- Graduating undergraduate seniors are not eligible.
- Local, junior and senior high school students with strong science backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
- Please note: For the undergraduate internship, you must be at least 18 at time of internship.
A committee of scientists, postdoctoral associates and educators select PGRP interns. Thus the qualities that committee members look for are diverse. In general the committee selects students with the following attributes and application components:
- Genuine interest in plant biology research
- Desire to develop research skills and techniques
- Successful completion of college-level biology, and genetics, chemistry are helpful
- An academic record demonstrating consistent progress and dedication
- Ability to write clearly and convincingly
- Highly motivated, enthusiastic and capable of working well in groups
- Ability to participate for the entire duration of the program
- The deadline for submission of all application materials is Friday, February 11, 2011.