Plant Genomics Undergrad Internships

Karen Cone ConeK at
Thu Feb 22 08:55:56 EST 2001

Announcing a new summer...
PLANT GENOMICS INTERNSHIP program for undergraduates at the 
Application Deadline:  April 1, 2001

The new Plant Genomics Internships at University of Missouri-Columbia 
(PGI @ MU) program is funded by the National Science Foundation. The 
purpose of the program is to provide undergraduate students with the 
opportunity to carry out cutting-edge research in plant genomics and 
to attract talented students to careers in the plant sciences.

Plant Genomics at Missouri
The University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) is a nationally recognized 
center for plant genetics research and has recently been awarded ten 
grants from the National Science Foundation to fund research in plant 
structural and functional genomics.  Faculty in biological sciences, 
biochemistry, plant sciences/agronomy, and the USDA/ARS are eager to 
provide training opportunities for undergraduates who wish to 
participate in collaborative research.  Research problems include: 
genome organization, gene expression, signal transduction, hormone 
action, organelle biochemistry, disease resistance, and crop plant 
productivity.  Genomics approaches to understanding these problems 
include:  genetic and physical mapping, multiple methods for 
functional analysis, and bioinformatics.

Programming:   PGI @ MU interns will participate in the same 
orientation workshops, social event, weekly brown bag lunches and 
evening seminars as over 60 other summer interns.  Lunches, seminars 
and workshops are designed to provide students with information about 
research, career options, and scientific ethics. PGI @ MU interns 
will participate in additional activities focused on plant genomics, 
including a bi-weekly journal club to discuss new research 
developments and technology and a one-day trip to a genomics center 
in St. Louis. Students will present their research at the 
Undergraduate Symposium on August 2. Travel expenses will be provided 
for students who wish to present their work at the Maize Genetics 
Conference in Orlando, Florida in March, 2002 or the Annual 
Arabidopsis Meeting to be held in Madison, Wisconsin in June, 2002.

Internships will involve full-time research for a period of eight 
weeks (June 10 - August 4, 2001).  Summer interns will receive a 
stipend, paid in monthly installments, to cover the following costs: 
on-campus housing in double rooms of an air-conditioned summer 
residence hall, a full meal  plan, one hour of research credit, 
educational fees and a student health fee. After these expenses are 
covered, the amount of the stipend (before taxes) will be $2400. 
Reasonable travel expenses between the student's home and Columbia 
will be provided.   Funding is available for ten interns.

PGI @ MU will be administered by the MU Life Sciences Undergraduate 
Research Opportunities Program (LS UROP). Questions should be 
addressed to Dr. Linda Blockus, LS UROP Coordinator 
(BlockusL at, 573-882-5979) or to Dr. Karen Cone, PGI @ MU 
Coordinator (ConeK at, 573-882-2118).

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