Plant Genomic Research Experience

Open Opportunity


Jeff Rosichan, Ph.D.

This opportunity is now closed.

Application Deadline: February 8, 2022

Program Dates: May 23, 2022 – July 29, 2022

Participant Support: $6,000 stipend. Housing and travel provided for an in-person program.

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About the Plant Genomic Research Experience

The need for agile food production practices rises as the population increases. Effective weed control is a critical part of agriculture production, which is essential to protecting valuable crops from loss.

To advance these critical weed control practices, Michigan State University is hosting the Plant Genomic Research Experience, a summer internship in plant genetics for undergraduate students. The program offers participants a 10-week mentored research experience to using wet-lab or computational-based approaches to address fundamental questions related to the biology of plants or photosynthetic micro-organisms.

Led by Dr. Eric Patterson, researchers are promoting sustainability in agriculture by studying weedy species. This program equips undergraduate students with the necessary training and tools to address the challenges of tomorrow. All Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) participants will be part of the Plant Genomic Michigan State University Cohort that will be housed together on campus to help facilitate professional and personal relationships.

The International Weed Genomics Consortium (IWGC), a multi-institutional, public-private collaborative platform developing critical resources to combat major weeds, is providing this training experience for undergraduate students majoring in science who are interested in computational genomics. FFAR is a proud cofunder of the IWGC.


Who is eligible?
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year in fall 2022.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associates degree.
  • Applicants should have a declared major in life sciences, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, bioinformatics or a related subject.
  • Participants must be able to work at least 40 hours per week for the entire 10-week program and be available for occasional evening and weekend events if they are scheduled. Participants should not be enrolled in classes during the program; this is a full-time position.
How do I apply?

Application instructions can be found here.

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