BIOLOGY RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS PROGRAM: 2014
Applications for Summer 2014 Internships will be available after December 15, 2013
Application Deadline - Feb 1, 2014
The goal of the program is to increase the diversity and number of undergraduates going into graduate training and research careers in the biological sciences. The program supports 1 year Biology Research Fellowships as well as 3-month Summer Biology Research Internships. All Fellows and Interns conduct research, receive mentoring from faculty, and participate in professional development workshops, research symposia, and outreach activities.
Summer Biology Research Internships include a $5000 stipend for the 10 week research program and participation in workshops and symposia in the Summer Institute for the Life Sciences (SILS). We anticipate funding 10-12 summer Internships in 2014.
Biology Research Fellowships are available for students who successfully complete a summer Biology Research Internship or similar research experience. Additional training and support provided to Fellows includes: support for a second full-time summer of research and participation in the academic year Research Skills for Biologists courses (BioG 3010/3020). Fellows are expected to conduct part-time research during the academic year and should be planning to complete an honor's thesis. Applications for Fellowships will be available in August 2014.
To be eligible for an Internship a student must be: (i) majoring in Biological Sciences at Cornell; (ii) a current sophomore or junior; (iii) eligible for services from the Cornell Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (students uncertain of their eligibility should visit their office in CCC 200); and (iv) planning to pursue a career in biological research, including going on for graduate study in a Master's or PhD program.
Applications are due Feb 1, 2014. Applications and instructions will be available at this website after Dec 15, 2013.
Summer BioRes Interns will be selected based on (i) academic qualifications and potential as a researcher, as evidenced by performance in relevant courses and letters of recommendation; and (ii) interest in a research career in biological sciences as evidenced in the essay and letters of recommendation.
FACULTY MENTORS AND RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
Cornell University has over 300 biology faculty with diverse research interests that range from molecular biology to ecosystem responses to global climate change. These faculty are primarily within the Departments of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Microbiology, Biomedical Sciences, Plant Biology, Entomology, Neurobiology and Behavior, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. However, additional appropriate faculty mentor/research-supervisors can be found in related departments (e.g. Natural Resources, Bioengineering, Psychology, etc).
For students interested in BioRes Internships, any faculty member who is willing to be committed and involved in mentoring an Intern in his/her laboratory is appropriate as a research supervisor. Students who have not yet found a faculty mentor and research lab may apply and then work with the program staff to explore research areas of interest and identify an appropriate faculty mentor.
PROGRAM DETAILS: SUMMER BIOLOGY RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS
Research: Each Intern will conduct full-time research under the mentorship of a Cornell faculty member; additionally, the student may be co-mentored by a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow. Over the summer, the student is expected to progress from learning relevant scientific techniques to developing his/her own research project, analyzing data, and interpreting and presenting results.
Professional Development: Interns will participate in workshops on scientific ethics, researching the scientific literature, organizing and analyzing data, oral and written scientific communication, and careers in scientific research.
Outreach: Fellows will host laboratory visits and give short research talks to students in the Cornell Pre-freshmen Summer Program, high school students in Cornell’s Summer College and/or Cornell’s Summer Institute for Biology Teachers.
Research Symposium: The summer will conclude with a symposium, attending by faculty mentors and other lab members, in which Interns and Fellows give 15-min presentations on their research projects.
EXPECTATIONS OF BIOLOGY RESEARCH FELLOWS AND INTERNS
Fellows and Interns are expected to: (1) Perform scientific studies carefully; collect and report all data and procedures accurately and honestly. (2) Be responsible, committed members of their research laboratories; work cooperatively with their advisor and other members of the research group; attend lab meetings and meet regularly with their faculty research supervisor/mentor; and spend 15 hours per week doing research during academic semesters and full-time during the summer programs.
The Internships and Fellowships provide generous financial support to allow students to focus on research during the summer; participants in the program will not be allowed to have other employment when receiving a BioRes stipend.