Outreach and Internships


Three types of internships are available through this program:

1. Summer Internships for Undergraduates: Over the next four years a number of openings for undergraduates to do summer research as part of an NSF-sponsored internship will be available. These internships are part of a multi-discipline, multi-lab project to study signals that move through the vascular system of potato. Two separate lab groups are participating at Iowa State University (David Hannapel, Horticulture and Guru Rao, Biochemistry) and one at Case Western Reserve University (Jeff Coller). Research approaches include work on proteomic analysis and molecular biology techniques. Students stipends for the 10-week internship program are $600/week. Start date is flexible. Housing is arranged by the intern. Students may submit an application to djh@iastate.edu after Jan. 1. Deadline for applications for the corresponding summer internship is March 1. The application should include two letters of reference, transcripts, a resume (CV), and a statement on why they would like to work on this project. These applications may be submitted as e-files.


2. Research Experience for Teachers for high school and middle school teachers for a 10-wk summer internships. Stipends include $6,000 per intern plus $500 for the cost of materials, equipment, software, and other supplies for developing classroom instructions and experiments. Contact Adah Leshem-Ackerman (adah@iastate.edu) for application materials and more information.


3. International Exchange program. Two types of exchange are available, 3 to 12 months. These exchanges may be reciprocal between personnel of participating team groups and international institutes with common interests. For each participant $1000 is budgeted for airfare and $1200/month for living expenses.


Past interns

Erin Yoder, biology teacher, Maple Valley Anthon Oto High School, Mapleton, Iowa, and Larry Price III, biology teacher, Clarinda High School, Clarinda, Iowa, both on a NSF Research Experience for Teachers internship, summer, 2009, worked on cloning probes to be used in gel shift assays.

Frances Xin, REU, sophmore, biology, St. Olaf’s College, MN, summer intern, working with Nathan Butler on proteins that interact with PTB (RNA-binding) proteins of potato, Summer Intern, 2009

Carolina Grandellis, PhD visitor from University of Buenos Aires, summer/fall, 2009, worked on promoter isolation and RT-PCR of select transcription factors.

Heather Sutter, REU, Iowa State University, Honors student, performed plant transformation experiments to investigate auto-regulation of the StBEL5 promoter.

Leah Merner, Iowa State University, Honors student, performed plant transformation experiments to investigate the potential of an ethanol-induced promoter.

Colin Lord, sophmore, Biochemistry, University Research Assistantship, working on the role of StBEL genes in long-distance signaling to regulate root development.

Chrissy Petzold, REU, working on the tethered function assay in the Coller lab.