Undergraduate Education

Through hands-on research experiences, we can equip undergraduates with the skills, experiences, and mentors to pursue successful careers in science. Our undergraduate education research and outreach aims to create a range of research opportunities and activities that help students build a strong foundation in the sciences. Through our education research, we can continue to understand how students learn about scientific concepts and strategies for improving how we teach science education.

Research Experience for Undergraduates Internship

Immersive lab experiences and strong mentors are essential to fostering the next generation of plant scientists.

Our Research Experience for Undergraduates summer internship program exposes students to all aspects of modern scientific research, from design to experimentation to reporting. By pairing each intern with a faculty mentor, students gain unique insight into the process and training involved in becoming a scientist, and the broader impact of scientific discovery. The program is made possible through generous support from the National Science Foundation.

National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU) applications for undergraduates are currently open, but all other internships applications for high school or undergraduates will be open in March.

Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences

Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) are impactful experiences for undergraduate students.

They can contribute to academic achievement, future career interests, and stimulate interest in STEM fields. Our scientists are developing CUREs in the processing and analysis of plant phenotype data to engage large numbers of undergraduate students in authentic scientific research.

The “big data” course will engage entire classrooms of students in phenotyping (physical characteristics) data analysis to learn data science and big-data analysis techniques. Students will be engaged in the scientific practice, designing research questions, experimental set up to answer those questions, data processing and analysis to generate new knowledge within collaborative teams.