4/7/20 Update: The 2020 PGRP Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) has been cancelled due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Cornell University has suspended all on-campus activities planned through at least July 12, 2020. Due to the hands-on nature of this laboratory research, we will be unable to offer a complete REU experience without having students physically participate. While this news is disappointing, the decision was made in an effort to prioritize the health and safety of all involved.
We encourage you to re-apply for the PGRP REU for next summer. Our 2021 application will open mid-November.
Undergraduate and high school summer internships at Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI), Cornell University, and the USDA provide an excellent opportunity to gain research experience and explore if a scientific career is right for you. Currently we offer positions to outstanding students interested in plant genome research, bioinformatics and science communications. Applications are accepted annually from November until the first Friday of February. Accepted students join an international community of scientists and students in the pursuit of scientific discovery, learn valuable research skills, and attend seminars and workshops to learn from leaders in these fields.
Bioinformatics Internship (NSF REU)
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 interns will focus on data analysis and developing computational tools and resources to store, analyze, and integrate large-scale “omics” data sets. The program offers a unique training in genome research, computer programming, and systems biology. Students applying for these internships should have some prior experience with computer programming, biology, and a demonstrated interest in the subject. Interested undergraduate students should apply through the Plant Genome Research Program application link.
High School Internship
Local high school students, who are at least sixteen years of age by the start of the program, are eligible to apply for a seven-week internship. Housing is not provided for high school students, and students must provide their own transportation to and from BTI each day. High school interns receive stipends, but are not provided housing, travel, or meal allowances. High school interns are supported by the generosity of local donors. Graduating local high school seniors, who are at least eighteen years of age and are enrolled in an undergraduate institution in the fall, should still apply to the high school program, as the undergraduate internship program dates often conflict with high school course dates. If you are unsure which program to apply to, please feel free to contact us.
Plant Genome Research Program Internship (NSF REU & USDA REEU)
Undergraduate and high school students participate in the Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) summer internship program and learn how basic plant research can be applied to protect the environment, enhance human health, and improve agriculture. PGRP interns gain knowledge of plant genomics and scientific research by working closely with scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students in a laboratory setting. PGRP interns learn the latest molecular biology techniques and bioinformatics tools while working on a supervised, independent research project within the framework of the assigned laboratory’s research program. More information can be found under Program Info (& FAQ) page.
Technology Transfer Internship
Boyce Thompson Institute is hiring a Technology Transfer Intern to participate in the 2020 Summer Internship Program. This individual would spend 10 weeks at BTI and Cornell with the Plant Genome Research Program undergraduate interns, and be paired with a mentor from BTI’s Technology Transfer Office. The student selected for this internship will learn about all aspects of the technology transfer process (patents and patent portfolio management, technology marketing, negotiating agreements and licenses, business development, and entrepreneurship as it relates to research-based startup companies) while exploring career paths related to the field of technology transfer. In addition to gaining practical experience in the daily operations of a technology transfer office, this individual will have the opportunity to meet with professionals working in a variety of technology transfer roles, including patent attorneys, scientists, licensing officers, entrepreneurs, and more. Finally, during their internship, the student will work with their mentor to develop and complete a related project which they will present at the 2020 George and Helen Kohut Summer Symposium. The opportunity will be open to a current undergraduate or a senior graduating spring 2020, who shows an interest in exploring a career path related to technology transfer (i.e. the patent process, patent portfolio management, technology marketing, licensing, business development, entrepreneurship, and/or research-based startup companies). Preference will be given to students studying life sciences. Interested students should select apply now and select the Tech Transfer Internship button.
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