Available Undergraduate Internships

 

Undergraduate Internship(s) in High-throughput Phenotyping

(Plant Science and Agricultural Engineering)

Location: Manhattan, KS and Maricopa, AZ (two internships each location)

Period: 8-10 weeks, Summer 2017 (40 hours/week, paid)

Undergraduate internships are available in the emerging field of high-throughput phenotyping. In plant breeding and genetics, innovation methods are needed to rapidly classify phenotypes of plants grown under field conditions. Through an NSF funded project, we are developing high-throughput platforms for field-based phenotyping. This program will bring agricultural engineering and plant science students together to develop innovative solutions to practical problems.

We are recruiting two interns in Plant Science/Genetics and two interns in Agricultural Engineering. Interns will gain hands-on experience in sensor calibration, field deployment and maintenance, data acquisition, and will be trained in phenotyping, small plot research and data analysis. Each intern will be mentored by an advisor in their discipline but will also be engaged in the overall scope of the project. Interns will be expected to have regular contact with mentors to discuss their progress and challenges. Based on their initial experiences and training, the students will be required to develop an original research project. At the end of their internships, they will complete a written report and present a seminar on their research.

QUALIFICATIONS

Currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate degree program in Plant Science or Agricultural Engineering (or closely related disciplines). A strong academic record and excellent written and oral communication skills are needed. Underrepresented minorities in science and engineering are encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY

Send a cover letter describing interest in the internship and any previous experience. Include 1-2 page resume/CV with at least three references to one of the following individuals: Jesse Poland, Assistant Professor, Kansas State University, 4024 Throckmorton Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506 (785.532.2709 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Jeffrey W. White, Plant Physiologist, ALARC USDA ARS, 21881 N. Cardon Lane, Maricopa, AZ 85138 (520.316.6368 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

  

Undergraduate Internship(s) in Bioinformatics/Computer Science

Location: Manhattan, KS and Minneapolis, MN (one internship at each location)

Period: 2017 Academic Year and Summer 2017 (paid)

NSF funded undergraduate internships are available for students in computationally-intensive fields such as computer science or mathematics who have an interest in plant biology and who seek to develop their skills in bioinformatics. 

This internship will provide an integrated undergraduate research experience combining cutting-edge bioinformatics approaches with international experience.  The selected undergraduates will take a minimum of two curses in plant biology over the academic year in order to gain exposure in plant biology. During this time, the interns will be mentored by Dr. Jesse Poland (KSU) and Dr. Gary Muehlbauer (UMN). Following time in the US labs, these students will spend a month during the summer with one of our project collaborators; Nils Stein’s group at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany, Klaus Mayer’s group at the Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (MIPS; Munich, Germany) or in Robbie Waugh’s group at the James Hutton Institute (JHI), Dundee, Scotland. At the end of each internship period, students will prepare a written report and a seminar presentation covering their research. The interns will also present their work in the monthly WebEx conference for the project and to the Poland and Muehlbauer lab groups. To provide ongoing opportunities, students can continue to work in the Poland and Muehlbauer labs.

QUALIFICATIONS

Currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate computationally-intensive degree program (e.g., computer science, math, physics). A strong academic record and excellent written and oral communication skills are needed. Underrepresented minorities in science and engineering are encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY

Send a cover letter describing interest in the internship and any previous experience. Include 1-2 page resume/CV with at least three references to one of the following individuals: Jesse Poland, Assistant Professor, Kansas State University, 4024 Throckmorton Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506 (785.532.2709 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Gary Muelbauer, Professor, Department Head, University of Minnesota, 250 Biological Sciences, St. Paul, MN 55108 (612.624.2755 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

 

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