|Organization:||Institute for Advanced Learning and Research|
|Internship Title:||Characterization of bacterial endophytes|
|Brief Internship Description:||
Gain experience in molecular biology technology, quantifying IAA method and enzyme activity, as well as bacterial inoculation techniques for plants.
|Full Internship Description:||
Bacterial endophytes residing inside plants have received more and more attention in developing low input and sustainable agricultural production systems. IALR researchers and technicians are characterizing a library of bacterial endophytes isolated from plants grown in various environmental conditions through evaluating P solubilization and N-fixing abilities along with ACC deaminase activity and plant hormone (IAA) and siderophore quantification. In addition, we are testing these bacterial endophytes for antibacterial and antifungal activities for possible biocontrol agents. They test different plant species (grasses and vegetable crops, etc.) with different functionalities of bacterial endophytes for plant growth promotion and stress tolerance. Finally, the researchers make microbial consortia by the combination of different bacteria to test for plant growth performance for possible microbial stimulants. They also use molecular biology technology PCR amplification of 16S rDNA to identify bacterial species. During the internship time, the student will gain experience in molecular biology technology, quantifying IAA method and enzyme activity, as well as bacterial inoculation techniques for plants. Mentor: Dr. Chuansheng Mei, Ph.D. This is a paid experience; 8-week interns will receive a stipend of $2,600, paid in two equal installments after four weeks of demonstrated success. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Internship Application via online form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017IALRinternapp Personal Statement Financial Need Statement, OPTIONAL Resume Transcripts (unofficial are acceptable) of ALL college-level coursework (if applicable) Two references from individuals capable of evaluating your work/abilities and/or academic experience (share link to online form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017IALRinternref) The application must be submitted online along with the two reference recommendations. Please submit all other documents by email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Your Name – Summer Internship” in the subject line. PERSONAL STATEMENT: As part of the process, each individual is asked to submit a short personal essay (200-300 words). The essay should discuss your academic and career plans, STEM interests (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics), motives for applying for the IALR Internship Program, and how you feel this experience will further your intellectual, educational, and career goals. FINANCIAL NEED STATEMENT (OPTIONAL): This is a short essay (200-300 words) that explains why you would benefit from receiving an internship. How are you currently financing your education? What difficulties have you faced when paying for your education? What other forms of financial assistance have you applied for and/or received? Are you having difficulty securing FT employment? (Please note that ALL applicants are welcome to complete this part.) STEM DISCIPLINES: Biological Sciences (molecular, cellular, and organismal biology, environmental science, health) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (fundamental computer science, computer and networking systems, security, programming/coding and artificial intelligence) Engineering (bioengineering, environmental systems, civil and mechanical systems, chemical and transport systems, electrical and communications systems, and design and manufacturing) Geosciences (geological, atmospheric and ocean sciences) Mathematical and Physical Sciences (mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry and materials science; accounting) Education and Human Resources (science, technology, engineering and mathematics education at every level, pre-K to lifelong learning) INTERNSHIP TIMELINE: Deadline for completed application packet: March 20, 2017 at 4:00pm (EST) Candidate interviews (face to face or via Skype): March 27 – 31, 2017 Intern notification of selection: April 5, 2017 Mandatory orientation dates (ALL interns): June 5, 2017 OR June 12, 2017 INTERNS MUST COMPLETE THEIR TIME COMMITMENT BY AUGUST 11, 2017. EIGHT-WEEK INTERNS ARE ALLOWED ONE WEEK OFF DURING THE PROGRAM FOR UNPAID VACATION (total time frame extended to 9 weeks). EXCEPT FOR THIS ONE WEEK, THE 8-WEEK INTERNSHIP MUST BE SERVED IN CONSECUTIVE WEEKS. To be considered for the 2017 STEM Internship Program, candidates must be: a High School graduate with plan to attend college Fall 2017; an undergraduate or graduate level college student; or a recent college graduate, within the last 12 months. More information can be found at: http://www.ialr.org/index.php/advanced-learning/college-programs/summer-internships
Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
150 Slayton Ave.
Danville, VA 24540 - 5193
|Hours per week:||28|