Undergraduate Internship(s) in High-throughput Phenotyping

Plant Science and Engineering

Location: Manhattan, KS and Maricopa, AZ (two internships each location)

Period: 8-10 weeks, Summer 2015 (40 hours/week, paid)

Undergraduate internships are available in the emerging field of high-throughput phenotyping.

In plant breeding and genetics, innovative methods are needed to rapidly classify phenotypes of plants grown under field conditions. Through an NSF-funded project, we are developing high-throughput platforms for field-based phenotyping. This program will bring agricultural engineering and plant science students together to develop innovative solutions to practical problems.

We are recruiting two interns in Plant Science/Genetics and two interns in Engineering (Mechanical / Electrical / Agricultural).  Interns will gain hands-on experience in sensor calibration, field deployment and maintenance, data acquisition, and will be trained in phenotyping, small plot research and data analysis.  Each intern will be mentored by an advisor in their discipline but will also be engaged in the overall scope of the project.  Interns will be expected to have regular contact with mentors to discuss their progress and challenges.  Based on their initial experiences and training, the students develop an original research project with potential for future continuation of research projects.  Internships will conclude with a written report and a seminar on the summer of research.

Qualifications: Currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate degree program in Plant Science or Mechanical/Electrical/Agricultural Engineering (or closely related discipline).  A strong academic record and excellent written and oral communication skills are needed.  Underrepresented minorities in science and engineering are encouraged to apply.

To apply send a cover letter describing interest in the internship and any previous experience. Include a 1-2 page resume/CV with at least three references.


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