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Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, CROPPS Programmable Plant Systems 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.

The Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS) unites plant scientists, engineers, computer scientists, and social scientists to develop technologies that will enable seamless, bidirectional communication between humans and plants. The relevant technologies fuse synthetic biology, nanotechnology, optics, and computing to gain access to the internal biological processes of plants and their associated organisms such as, for example, soil microbes. The Center aims for these technologies to give new access to the biological processes that connect genes to traits, to guide the process of plant selection, engineering, and editing for improved crops, and to enable sophisticated management of crops in the field for improved sustainability and productivity. Summer undergraduates in this program will be hosted and mentored by interdisciplinary teams that include expertise in both plant science and technology development. Undergraduate applicants with backgrounds in biology, engineering, or computing are encouraged to apply and should select projects from the “CROPPS” section within in the BTI application form.

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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