Undergraduate and high school summer internships at BTI, Cornell University and the USDA provide an excellent opportunity to gain research experience and explore if a scientific career is right for you. Currently we offer positions to outstanding students interested in Plant Genome Research, Bioinformatics and Bioenergy Education. Applications are accepted annually from November until the first Friday of February. Accepted students join an international community of scientists and students in the pursuit of scientific discovery, learn valuable research skills, and attend seminars and workshops to learn from leaders in these fields. Read below to find out more.
Watch a video to hear past interns and their mentors discuss their research experiences at BTI.
To understand complex biological systems, interdisciplinary research teams are essential. At the BTI, plant molecular biologists and computer scientists are working together at the forefront of biological discovery to solve real world problems. Scientists trained in both fields will be leading the way, especially as research technologies continue to advance and information within massive datasets need to be unlocked to solve 21st century challenges.
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 bioinfor-matics addresses these challenges, by focusing on the development and application of computational methods to decode, analyze, interpret and apply useful information within these data.
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 interdisciplinary 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. These students will receive special, intensive training at the beginning of the internship and work closely with a team of scientists and postdoctoral researchers.
The Bioenergy Education Internship is for students (undergraduate through postdoctoral) interested in gaining interdisciplinary experience in scientific research and science education related to bioenergy and sustainability. Like all BTI internships, this program engages students in plant biology research, but with a focus on translating the research into resources, presentations and activities to promote public understanding of science.Bioenergy interns participate in intensive trainings, workshops, seminars and outreach activities to learn fundamental concepts in the following areas:
The Bioenergy Education Intern will design, pilot and produce an educational activity or resource based on their research project. Visit Education Resources to see past intern projects.
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Internships are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates, REU Award #1358843,) the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA NIFA program,) faculty grants and the generosity of local donors including the Ithaca Garden Club.