Core program dates: May 20th - July 28th, 2018

Students must be able to work at least 40 hours per week for the entire 10 week term and attend some mandatory weekend events. Students should not be enrolled in classes during the program; this is a fulltime position.

Michigan State University has a strong and vibrant plant sciences community with approximately 150 faculty members engaged in basic and applied research in a range of plant and photosynthetic microorganisms. This research spans the range of the plant science discipline and includes developing strategies to improve agricultural production and sustainability of food, ornamental and biofuel crops, investigation of ecological relationships, studies of plant-microbe and plant-insect interactions, and examination of biological processes at the cellular, molecular and biochemical level.  

Projects in participant labs reflect the diversity of research within MSU plant sciences and utilize integrated approaches, including physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genomics, bioinformatics and analytical chemistry to develop mechanistic insight into fundamental processes in crop plants, model species such as Arabidopsis thaliana, and photosynthetic microbes, including algae and bacteria.

What is the Plant Genomics Summer Research Program?

Interns in the Plant Genomics @ MSU REU program will be embedded within a host lab and undertake a 10-week mentored research project under the direct supervision of a faculty member together with either a postdoctoral associate or graduate student mentor. Interns will participate fully in host lab events, including group meetings and activities with the aim of simulating life as a new graduate student. In addition, interns will attend seminars and networking events with MSU faculty and graduate students that will introduce them to diverse research projects and provide information regarding life in graduate school and careers within STEM. Interns will also attend a series of workshops designed to advance their professional development including, responsible conduct of research and research ethics, presentation skills, scientific writing, and GRE test taking strategies. Several social events will also be held that will facilitate interactions between faculty, graduate students and interns in plant sciences and with other internship programs that run concurrently with the Plant Genomics program. During the final week of the program, interns will present their research in poster format at the annual MIDSURE conference at MSU and also give oral presentations to the MSU plant science community. 

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Participant support:

Students will receive a stipend of $5250, housing and meals on campus, plus some travel assistance.

Application requirements:

You must be a US citizen or permanent resident. Students must be enrolled in a degree granting program with a relevant major and be entering their sophomore year or later. Students should not plan on taking any classes during the research program; these are full-time positions.

Interested students should complete the application, following the directions carefully and completely. Incomplete or late applications are unlikely to be considered.

The application for the summer 2018 program will be made available in December 

Application deadline: February 5th, 2018

All application materials should be sent to plantgen@msu.edu with an identifying subject line.

Official transcripts and other application materials may also be sent to:

Plant Genomics @ Michigan State University
Krystle Wiegert-Rininger
1066 Bogue St, A288 Plant and Soil Science
East Lansing, MI 48824

For questions contact the program at 517-884-6959 or plantgen@msu.edu.