Seeking Student Researchers

By Jennifer Stewart - Published March 5, 2015

Purdue University's College of Agriculture is accepting applications for the 2015 Molecular Agriculture Summer Institute undergraduate and pre-college programs.

student researchers in the lab 

The MASI programs, which launched in 2014, were created by Purdue Agriculture's Office of Academic Programs. They are part of the college's Plant Sciences Research and Education Pipeline, an initiative under the Purdue Moves campaign.

Pre-College MASI applications are open to Indiana high school sophomores and juniors (at the time of application) with grade-point averages of at least 3.0. Applications are due April 15.

The MASI Fellows program is available to current Purdue undergraduates. Applications are due by April 1.

Applications for both programs can be accessed at www.ag.purdue.edu/oap/MASI.

The pre-college program runs June 14-20. It offers participants the opportunity to spend a week on Purdue's West Lafayette campus, working with faculty, exploring research facilities and participating in tours and discussions with industry leaders.

"Pre-College MASI is a great chance for high school students with an interest in the physical and natural sciences to discover the extensive opportunities in molecular agricultural science – an area they might not have considered before," said Amy Jones, plant sciences recruitment and outreach coordinator for Purdue Agriculture. "These students will learn about global challenges that affect our world, meet faculty and other students, and prepare themselves to be college students."

The MASI Fellows program runs May 25 through July 31. It allows undergraduates to pursue summer research projects broadly related to the plant sciences. Participants can select their own faculty mentors or submit a project for program coordinators to try to match them with faculty mentors based on interest. They also will attend faculty and industry seminars and tours.

As many as 10 undergraduates will be chosen for the MASI Fellows Program, and each will receive a $4,800 stipend to cover summer living expenses.

"The MASI Fellows Program is designed to expose undergraduates to the wide-ranging field of plant sciences and to molecular agriculture research," Jones said. "Participants will get to work alongside our renowned faculty and prepare themselves for research careers or to continue on in graduate studies."

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