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- 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.
- 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, (Research Experiences for Undergraduates, REU Award #1358843).
- High School interns are supported by the generosity of local donors and foundations. High School interns do receive stipends, but are not provided housing, travel or meal allowances.
- Undergraduate interns will be provided with housing on the Cornell University campus approximately one mile of your working place. All undergraduate interns will be housed together in the same building and will have a roommate. Roommates will be assigned based on age and gender.
- Housing is not available for High School students or interns under the age of 18 years old.
- We do not provide meals, but we do provide meal allowances to Undergraduate interns. There are many great restaurants near Cornell campus.
- A weekly lunch will be provided to all BTI interns as part of the PGRP Summer Seminar Series.
- Interns interested in utilizing Cornell University’s dining program can find more information here: Cornell Dining Summer Meal Plans. Please note: the Cornell meal plan dates are not the same as the BTI internship dates and plan accordingly. You will not be able to enroll in a meal plan until you receive your net ID, on the first day of the internship.
- Undergraduate interns will receive a Cornell ID card, which will allow free access to the TCAT bus system on the Cornell Campus and within Ithaca city limits. If you wish to travel outside the area, bus passes can be purchased online.
- High School interns will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from BTI daily. Parking permits can be purchased from Cornell Transportation, if needed.
You will be notified of your acceptance via email. Undergraduate interns can expect to be notified by the end of March, and high school interns can expect to be notified by the end of April.
Yes. You may apply again. If you are applying again, please indicate in your application that you have applied before and when you applied.
You will attend a Graduate School Workshop and Seminar with Cornell faculty, graduate students, and Graduate School admissions officers. You also have an opportunity to work directly with graduate students and graduate school faculty.
During the summer, the PGRP sponsors events, such as our Welcome Dinner and Summer Barbecue, for everyone involved in the PGRP. Undergraduate summer interns live near Collegetown. In Collegetown, you will find many restaurants, cafés, and shops as well as access to the Cascadilla Gorge trail which leads to the downtown Ithaca Commons. The Ithaca Commons are home to many community events throughout the summer including live music, community dances, and the Ithaca Festival. Streets are pedestrian and bike friendly and public transportation is readily available. You will find that there is a great deal to do in and around Ithaca.
The selection committee and faculty will do our best to match you with a project that is of interest to you and is aligned with your academic background and experience. On your application form, you will be asked to select up to five projects of interest on your application form. In most cases you will work on one of the five projects.
- Attend weekly seminar(s) with scientists from BTI, Cornell, and the USDA
- Attend lab meetings, read, and discuss recent literature related to your project
- Learn about graduate school, scientific careers, and work in an international environment
- Write a research proposal, practice peer reviews, and learn the art of scientific communication
- Present your research to the other students, scientists, and mentors at the Student Summer
- Undergraduate internships are funded by the National Science Foundation, (Research Experience for Undergraduates, REU Award #1358843).
- High School interns are supported by The National Science Foundation, faculty grants, and the generosity of local donors and foundations including the Ithaca Garden Club, the Legacy Foundation of Tompkins County, and the Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund.
I know I submitted my application, and my recommenders submitted letters on my behalf, so why haven’t I received confirmation emails?
- f you haven’t received a confirmation email, as expected, please check the “SPAM” or “junk mail” folder in your email client.
- You could also add the following email addresses as safe contacts in your email program to further prevent this issue: email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m having trouble uploading files (transcript, resume, etc.) to the application. What are the limitations?
Files must be uploaded as .PDF files. Maximum file size is 50 MB. We are working on allowing the application to accept more file types.
Internships are funded by the National Science Foundation, Research Experiences for Undergraduates Award #1358843, individual faculty grants, and the generosity of local donors including the Ithaca Garden Club, the Legacy Foundation of Tompkins County, and the Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund.