Core program dates: May 19th - July 25th, 2014

Full time for 10 weeks. Students should plan to be here for the entire 10 week program and work at least 40 hours per week.

Download the application below.

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.

For information about past programs:
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013

Students will be placed in a participating lab, including:  

Dr. Cornelius Barry, Dept. of Horticulture
Dr. Christoph Benning, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Dr. Federica Brandizzi, Dept. of Plant Biology
Dr. Brad Day, Dept. of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Dr. Danny Ducat, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Plant Research Laboratory
Dr. Eva Farre, Dept. of Plant Biology
Dr. Maren Friesen, Dept. of Plant Biology
Dr. Susanne Hoffmann-Benning, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Dr. Gregg Howe, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Plant Research Laboratory
Dr. Jianping Hu, Dept. of Plant Biology and Plant Research Laboratory
Dr. Ning Jiang, Dept. of Horticulture
Dr. Dan Jones, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Dept. of Chemistry
Dr. Cheryl Kerfeld, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Plant Research Laboratory
Dr. David Kramer, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Plant Research Laboratory
Dr. Rob Last, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Dept. of Plant Biology
Dr. Beronda Montgomery, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Plant Research Laboratory
Dr. Katherine Osteryoung, Dept. of Plant Biology
Dr. Yair Shachar-Hill, Dept. of Plant Biology
Dr. Thomas Sharkey, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Dr. Shinhan Shiu, Dept. of Plant Biology
Dr. Hideki Takahasi, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr. Mike Thomashow, Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences and Plant Research Laboratories
Dr. Steve van Nocker, Dept. of Horticulture
Dr. Kevin Walker, Depts. of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Participant support: Students will receive a stipend of $5000 as well as free housing and meals on campus.

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 junior 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.

Download the application here in either pdf or word format.

Application deadline: Summer 2014 Applications are now closed.

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

Official transcripts 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:
517-884-6961
plantgen@msu.edu

 

Plant Genomics @ MSU is a summer outreach program funded by a National Science Foundation
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