Student Research in Full Bloom: BTI’s 2018 PGRP Interns
This June, more than thirty of the country’s brightest students arrived at the Boyce Thompson Institute from all over the United States to experience the life of a researcher.
BTI’s 2018 Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) interns have made it to Ithaca and are motivated to pack in as much exploring and engaging and as they can over their ten-week journey (seven for high school interns).
Throughout their summer, the students will be immersed in the life of a BTI scientist: reading current research, writing proposals, testing hypotheses, and presenting their results in the form of a poster or a presentation at a public symposium.
Since collaboration is a key aspect of modern science, each intern will be partnered with a mentor in their respective research lab. Together, mentor and mentee will create an independent project that best utilizes the student’s curiosity and drive while also contributing to the lab’s research goals. This project will be each intern’s focus throughout their summer.
For many of the students, this is their first immersive research experience. Learning the fundamentals of lab life from their mentors will be a crucial experience to kickstart their research career.
When they aren’t working on their projects, interns will attend weekly seminars by BTI researchers, take a five-week-long Bioinformatics course, and engage with graduate students, communication professionals, and faculty at workshops. Throughout the summer, they will have a chance to explore Ithaca and take group trips to Niagara Falls and New York City.
For the first year ever, the PGRP interns have a science communicator amongst them. This intern adds to the ever-diversifying program, which now includes students researching in traditional, “wet” biology labs and in “dry” plant bioinformatics labs and a student communicating BTI’s science across multiple platforms, such as social media, podcasts, videos, news articles, and press releases.
The program will culminate in the annual Student Research Symposium that is open to the public on August 9th from 9am-4pm at BTI in Ithaca, NY.
BTI would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their generous support of this year’s internship program: Carolyn W. Sampson, the Ithaca Garden Club, the Triad Foundation, Robert and Roberta Kohut, the Legacy Foundation of Tompkins County, Rheonix Inc., the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, and the United States Department of Agriculture.
Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and website for more updates on their summer!
Interns: Who They Are
BTI is proud to welcome the following undergraduate and high school student interns:
|Evelyn Abraham||Winthrop University||Biology||Pineros|
|Akriti Bhattarai||University of Connecticut||Biological Sciences||Gore|
|Blyssalyn Bieber||Misericordia University||Biology||McArt|
|Benjamin Carter||California State University, Monterey Bay||Molecular Biology||Martin|
|Thomas Chan||Tufts University||Computer Science & Biology||Mueller|
|Samantha Clark||Lock Haven University||Biology||Harrison|
|Keeley Collins||Elon University||Biochemistry||Fei|
|Marazzano Colón||Duke University||Biology||Li|
|Savanah Dale||Clemson University||Plant and Environmental Sciences: Agricultural Biotechnology||Giovannoni|
|Joshua Derrick||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Computational Biology & Creative Writing||Pawlowski|
|Joseph Dyson||Wells College||Biochemistry + Molecular Biology & Environmental Science||Rose|
|Emmanuel Gonzalez||Pacific Lutheran University||Biology||Giovannoni|
|Autumn Hurd||Doane University||Biology||Bogdanove|
|Kyle Keating||SUNY Cobleskill||Plant Science/ Horticulture||Van Eck|
|Alexander Kehl||San Joaquin Delta College||Plant Biology & Pharmaceutical Chemistry||Bentolila|
|Elena Lazarus||University of Portland||Biochemistry||Moghe|
|Celine Manigbas||Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts||Computer Science||Mueller|
|Christopher Neely||Rio Hondo Community College||Biology & Computer Science||Fei|
|Serena Stern||Cornell University||Communication, Environment, Science & Health||Hannon|
|Zorimar Vilella||University of Puerto Rico||Microbiology||Raguso|
|Allyson Weir||California State University, Fullerton||Biological Science (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology)||Catala|
|Halle Welch||University of Maryland, Baltimore County||Chemical Engineering||Roeder|
|April Wendling||University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign||Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability & Geography Information Science||Van Wijk|
|Raffee Wright||Brown University||Biochemistry & Molecular Biology||Pawlowski|
High School Students
Katrina Jander, Ithaca High School; Carolyn Jessop, Romulus Central School; Hayle Ackerman, Ithaca High School; Zachary Bradshaw, Hingham High School; Alice Hu, Ithaca High School; Matthew Larson, Union-Endicott High School; Elena Suarez, Academy of the Holy Names; Valerie Chen, Ithaca High School.