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Plant Genome Internship - Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research


The Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) at the Boyce Thompson Institute and Cornell University is offering paid, 10-week undergraduate summer internships for students interested in a research career in plant sciences to protect the environment, enhance human health, and improve agriculture. This is a great opportunity to gain research experience in the following areas of plant science research:

  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant-Insect Interactions
  • Genetics and Development
  • Cellular Biology
  • Pathology and Immunity
  • Biochemistry
  • Epigenetics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Plant-Fungi Symbiosis
  • Nutrient Biosynthesis
  • Breeding for Crop Improvement
  • Soil Toxicity

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. Select local (Tompkins County) High School students also participate in a similar internship program for 6 weeks. 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
  • Join a participating lab 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

Deadline for applications is February, 17, 2012.






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