2013 Undergraduate Summer Research Experiences in Plant Genomics
Core program dates: Full time 10 weeks, May 20-July 26, 2013. Students should plan to be here for the entire 10 week program and work at least 40 hours per week.
Complete applications (including transcripts and reference letter) must be postmarked by February 15, 2013. To apply for the program, please download and save a copy of the interactive PDF, print and mail the completed application to:
Positions available: 15
Researchers at Michigan State University extensively utilize model plant organisms to rapidly improve our understanding of plant biochemistry, cellular biology and developmental biology.
Arabidopsis is a laboratory workhorse - a small and fast growing flowering plant whose entire 29,000 gene sequence is completely known. Despite its small stature, it is an excellent stand-in for larger and economically important plants used for food, fiber and biomass. The increasingly sophisticated functional genomics toolkit available for this organism has inspired researchers worldwide to attempt what has never been done for any plant or animal - cataloguing a function for each of its genes by the end of this decade (The National Science Foundation 2010 Project).
Tomato is both an important food crop and an increasing popular model organism. It has a relatively small genome, which is currently being sequenced by an international consortium. It is a member of a very important family of plants, the solanaceae, which includes a large number of food plants.
MSU has a variety of researchers who are working to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels by studying how plant cell walls (for cellulosic ethanol) and oils (for biodiesel) are made. They are using genomics approaches on a wide variety of plants and microbes to achieve this goal.
What is the Plant Genomics Summer Research Program?
The summer research program consists of coordinated activities with a variety of participants including guest faculty, secondary school teachers, and undergraduate students. Faculty, postdoctoral associates, and graduate students will act as mentors for all visiting participants. Students will contribute to the project by working in the laboratory alongside their mentors, participate in group meetings and activities, and attend weekly informal seminars and pizza lunches where participants and faculty will interact. At the end of the program, students will present short research project summaries of their work to the full project team.
Students will be placed in a participating lab, including:
Dr. Christoph Benning, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular
Students must be entering their junior year or later and have declared a relevant major. 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.
Application deadline: All materials must be postmarked by February 15, 2013.
For questions contact: