Summer Undergraduate Agricultural Biotechnology Research Experience
Applications are due by March 1 and participants will be selected by March 8. The program will run June 2 through August 13, 2021.
Are you interested in biological/agricultural research? Are you looking for an enriching and potentially life-changing experience this summer? If so, the Summer Undergraduate Agricultural Biotechnology Research Experience (SURE) program at Utah State University may be perfect for you.
Biotechnology is an exciting field of work with many fascinating career opportunities. With biotechnology you can:
- Create better varieties of crops
- Develop new biofuels
- Create animal models to study human disease
- Improve nutrition and health
- Many other exciting possibilities
At Utah State University, researchers are working on these and many other projects.
The SURE program at USU is a 10-week program that will place you in a research laboratory with a faculty mentor where you will gain first-hand experience in scientific research. You will work on a real research project where you will learn laboratory techniques, how to interpret data, how to apply scientific principles to answer questions, and how to present your data to others. In addition to the lab experience, there will be weekly seminars to teach skills relevant to scientific research such as lab safety, science communication, research ethics, critical reading of scientific publications, potential careers in agricultural research and biotechnology, and data management.
On-campus housing is provided where you will live with other participants in the program who share common interests. You will also work daily with professional researchers and graduate students. There will be occasional recreational and educational field trips. Participants will also receive a $4100 stipend for the summer.
The SURE program is for students who come from institutions where there is little or no opportunity to gain research experience. We currently have recruiting collaborators at USU Eastern-Blanding, USU Eastern-Price, Snow College, Dine College, Salt Lake Community College, and College of Southern Idaho. If you are at one of these institutions and do not know who is your recruiting collaborator, email Dr. Aaron Thomas (email@example.com) to find out. If you come from another institution and wish to apply, email Dr. Thomas to discuss your eligibility.
Participants will be selected based on academic achievement, career goals, and scientific interest
To apply, you will need:
- A list of faculty with whom you would like to work. Look at the table below and select a few individuals who are doing work that looks interesting to you.
- An essay describing your interest the program (suggested length: 2-3 pages). Include the following points:
- (1) Classes you have taken that are relevant to this program. How did those classes affect your interest in research?
- (2) Your academic interests. What fields of research or science interest you the most, and why?
- (3) What are your career goals and how will this program aid your progress toward those goals?
- (4) Anything else describing your interest in the program.
- A letter of recommendation from a faculty member at your institution. This letter should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and “SURE letter of recommendation” in the subject line.
- A current transcript or other document showing the classes you have taken and the grades received.
Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences
|Fernanda Batistel||Ruminant nutrition|
|Abby Benninghoff||Toxicology, cancer and gene regulation|
|Chris Davies||Immunogenetics and reproductive immunology|
|Clay Isom||Genomics and epigenomics of early embryo development|
|Young-Min Lee||Virology and vaccine development|
|Jeff Mason||Reproductive aging and orthopedic disease|
|Ralph Meyer||Envirotnmental reproductive toxicology|
|Mirella Meyer-Ficca||Envirtonmental toxicology, offspring health & reproductive potential|
|Irina Polejaeva||Large animal transgenic models, animal cloning|
|Heloisa Rutigliano||Immunogenetics and reproductive immunology|
|Kara Thornton-Kurth||Nutrition and growth physiology|
|Zhongde Wang||Genome engineering, epigenetics an stem cells|
Plants, Soils, and Climate
|John Carman||Molecular biology of plant reproduction|
|Amita Kaundal||Tannins in plant species|
|Jennifer MacAdam||Plant stress response|
|Jeanette Norton||Soil microbiology and molecular ecology|
|Youping Sun||Water conservation in landscaping|
Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science
|Clara Cho||Metabolism, obesity, metabolic syndrome|
|Korry Hintze||Nutrition and chronic disease|
|Silvana Martini||Sensory characteristics of foods|
|Robert Ward||Food chemistry and bioactive nutrients|
|David Britt||Nanoparticle interactions with beneficial microbes and plants for agricultural applications|
|Shaun Bushman||Stress tolerance in rangeland grasses|
|Diana Cox-Foster||Pollinating insect biology|
|Zane Davis||Plant toxicology|
|Steven Larson||Plant genetic diversity and gene discovery|