REU Summer internship in plant biology

REU Summer internship in plant biology
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Institution Type 
non-profit research institute
St. Louis
Plant biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, bioinformatics
Start Date 
End Date 
$6050 stipend + $500 travel + $924 subsistence
Hrs / Week 
The Danforth Center Summer Internship program exposes students to a rich research environment in a small, friendly institution with a welcoming atmosphere. We have created a program that gives students experience with all aspects of modern scientific research, from design to experimentation to reporting. At the same time, we provide insight into the personal qualities of a good researcher, the steps to take on the road to becoming a scientist, and the broader implications of scientific discovery. Students from universities across the nation are matched with a scientist who is a senior researcher at the Danforth Center. Interns participate in a diverse set of research areas including: Abiotic Stress, Bioinformatics, Cell Signaling, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Disease Resistance, Genomics, Metabolic Pathways/Engineering, Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry, Structural Biology and Tissue Culture. Throughout the 11 weeks, students will gain hands-on experience in the lab and learn the use of a variety of technologies for research, attend workshops in the Center's state-of-the-art support facilities, including workshops in Integrated Microscopy, Mass Spectrometry and Bioseparations, Phenotyping and bioinformatics, and Plant Cell Culture and Transformation, participate in career pathway discussions with experienced researchers and take field trips to local universities and industries with plant or life science focuses, and attend weekly seminars on issues related to biotechnology. These discussions are planned to give students insight into the social, political, and economic implications of current research--and to allow them to voice their opinions, as well. At the end of the summer session, each intern will present a summary of his/her research before an audience of scientific peers. A brief written report is also required and students will be carefully guided through the process of preparation of the written report and oral presentation.
Students must be US citizens or permanent residents and cannot have graduated college by the start of the program. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associates degree. Students should be majoring in a plant or life science field and have relevant coursework. Prior research experience is not required. Interns must be able to work at least 40 hours per week for the entire eleven week term.
Catherine Kromer
Number of Participants 
Housing Provided 
Housing Cost 
Shared apartments for non-local interns
Subsistence Provided 
Subsistence Cost 
$924.00 provided