Plant Genome Research Program REU internship at BTI

Basic information

  • Organization: Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research at Cornell
  • Department(s):
  • Field(s): Plant genomics or Bioinformatics
  • Paid? Yes
  • Deadline: February 3, 2017

The Plant Genome Research Program REU internship at BTI is an incredible opportunity for undergraduate and high school students interested in pursuing summer research opportunities. This program can help your students gain experience working in a research environment and prepare for undergraduate, graduate school and beyond. Located on the Cornell University campus, BTI is a world leader in plant research, dedicated to developing innovative solutions to feed a growing world population, while protecting the environment. The summer internship programs at BTI offer students an unmatched opportunity to gain real-life experience in plant genome research and bioinformatics.

Boyce Thompson Institute - Internships

Plant Genome Internship

Undergraduate and high school students participate in the Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) summer internship program and learn how basic plant research can be applied to protect the environment, enhance human health, and improve agriculture. PGRP interns gain knowledge of plant genomics and scientific research by working closely with scientists, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in a laboratory setting. PGRP interns learn the latest molecular biology techniques and bioinformatics tools while working on a supervised, independent research project within the framework of the assigned laboratory’s research program.

Bioinformatics Internship

At the BTI, plant molecular biologists and computer scientists are working together at the forefront of biological discovery to solve real world problems. With novel technologies researchers now can access entire genome sequences, and the details of the proteome, transcriptome, and metabolome to better understand biological systems and interactions. Though full of information, the size and complexity of these datasets pose new challenges for scientists and society. The growing field of bioinformatics addresses these challenges.

Bioinformatics interns will focus on developing computational tools and resources to store, analyze and integrate large scale plant “omics” datasets. The program offers a unique training in plant genome research, computer programming and systems biology. Students applying for these internships should have some prior experience with computer programming skills, biology, bioinformatics, and a demonstrated interest in the subject.


Undergraduates receive a competitive stipend, meal allowance, travel assistance and group housing on the Cornell campus. PGRP Undergraduate Internships are funded by the National Science Foundation


This year's application deadline has passed.

Applications are due by Friday February 3, 2017.

Who can apply?

  • Citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.
  • Undergraduates currently enrolled in a degree program including graduating high school seniors.
    • Note: graduating high school seniors should apply to the high school internship program, as the undergraduate internship program dates and high school course dates are usually in conflict.
  • Local high school students who will be at least 16 years of age before the start of the program. (Housing is not provided for high school students and students must provide their own transportation to and from BTI each day.)
    • Note: Local high school students are defined as individuals who are within a daily commuting distance of BTI, or a 1-hour drive away.
  • Students from small colleges, under-represented minority, and first generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply.

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