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Summer Internship for Minority Undergraduate College Students in Cacao Research and International Agricultural Development

Posted: January 19, 2018

The Penn State Endowed Program in the Molecular Biology of Cacao is pleased to announce the 2018 Summer Internship Program for minority undergraduate college students supported by the Plant Genome Program of the National Science Foundation.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 2nd, 2018

The Penn State Endowed Program in the Molecular Biology of Cacao is pleased to announce the 2018 Summer Internship Program for minority undergraduate college students supported by the Plant Genome Program of the National Science Foundation. The internship period is 8 weeks (June 1 to July 30, 2018).

The interns will participate in plant genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology or bioinformatics research on Theobroma cacao, the chocolate tree. During the first 2 weeks of the internship period at Penn State University Park campus in Pennsylvania, the interns will join research teams and will be mentored by a postdoctoral and/or graduate student researchers. Students will also participate in an international agricultural development orientation presented by International Agriculture and Development Graduate Programs (INTAD) graduate students at Penn State. For the following 4-week period the interns will join members of the research team to travel to Costa Rica to participate in a 2-week summer session at Earth University, focusing on sustainable development and a 2-week training at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica. The internship will conclude with 2 weeks back at Penn State during which each participant will prepare a presentation and present a summary of their experiences at a project meeting involving all participants.

Eligibility:

  • The candidates must be enrolled in Life Sciences related B.S. degree university program in USA or Puerto Rico.
  • Completion of basic undergraduate courses in molecular biology, plant sciences or bioinformatics or experience with undergraduate research in the same areas.
  • Oral and written English proficiency.
  • Basic Spanish is beneficial, but not required.
  • Students graduating May 2018 or earlier are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Minimum overall G.P.A. of 3.0

 

Financial support provided:

Participant Stipends: $4000 per student

Participant Travel:

  • Maximum of $750 per student to travel to and from Penn State, University Park
  • Travel expenses and training fees for the international component of the internship

How to apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter stating their interests and qualifications related to the internship and a resume detailing educational experiences and relevant course and/or laboratory work. Please, submit your documentation by email to Dr. Siela Maximova (snm104@psu.edu).  All applicants must state in the subject line of the email: Cacao Internship 2018.  The application deadline is Friday, March 2nd, 2018.