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Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Bioinformatics REU

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Academic Level:
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Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

At BTI, molecular biologists and computer scientists are working together at the forefront of biological discovery to solve real world problems. With novel technologies, researchers can now access entire genome sequences, and the details of the proteome, transcriptome, and metabolome of many organisms, to better understand biological systems and interactions. Though information-rich, the size and complexity of these data sets pose new challenges for scientists and society. The growing field of bioinformatics addresses these challenges.

Bioinformatics undergraduate researchers will focus on data analysis and developing computational tools and resources to store, analyze, and integrate large-scale “omics” data sets. Students applying with interests in bioinformatics projects should have some prior experience with computer programming, and an interest in the subject. Interested undergraduate students should apply through the BTI application form and select projects within the “Bioinformatics” section.

The Boyce Thompson Institute, located on Cornell University's campus, offers summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates to enrolled students interested in biological research, biological engineering, digital agriculture, and bioinformatics. As world leaders in plant research, Cornell University, BTI, and the USDA have facilities built on Cornell's long tradition of research in genetics, breeding, and engineering to develop novel technologies which improve the scientific understanding of plant systems.

Our undergraduate research internships, funded by the NSF and USDA, provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a lab setting, prepare for graduate studies and explore future careers.p>-Work with grad students, postdoc fellows and scientists on an independent project- Attend weekly plant science seminars with scientists from BTI, Cornell and the USDA and take a customized bioinformatics course - Learn about graduate school, scientific careers, communication, outreach, research ethics, and work in an international research environment - Present research to the other students, scientists, and mentors at our annual Scientific Symposium.

Interns Will Receive:

-Work experience in an international community of scientists who come together in research to protect the environment, enhance human health, and improve agriculture around the world.

-Housing, Travel and Meals: Interns receive free group housing on campus, travel, and meal allowance. $6,000 stipend.

Participating Institution(s):
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Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research (Lead)
Cornell University (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Atmospheric Sciences
Crop & Soil Sciences
Environmental Sciences

Atmospheric Chemistry
Atmospheric Physics
Soil Science

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)

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