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Noble Summer Research Scholars in Plant Science

One summer... That's all the time it takes to discover a passion, explore the unseen worlds of plant science and set a course that can change your life.

The Noble Summer Research Scholars in Plant Science program is funded in part by The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and the National Science Foundation. This program offers the opportunity to conduct plant science in a real-world laboratory setting with some of the profession's greatest minds.

The Noble Foundation boasts more than 90 Ph.D. scientists from 25 countries. They perform cutting-edge plant science research – research that holds the potential to impact global agriculture, influence animal and human health, and create alternative energy sources.

The Noble Summer Research Scholars in Plant Science program is more than just an internship; it's a chance to conduct actual research. It's an opportunity to explore endless scientific possibilities. It's a chance to discover your future.

What will I be doing?

Working side-by-side with a mentor scientist and laboratory members from the Noble Foundation's Plant Biology Division or Forage Improvement Division, scholars perform a research project specifically tailored to their interests and educational background. Scholars quickly become part of the Noble Foundation research environment. Scholars are involved in all laboratory activities, while conducting experiments to further their own research project. At the conclusion of the program, scholars present their findings to the Noble Foundation science community.

What other research experiences will I have?

Scholars participate in hands-on workshops that allow access to a broad range of research experiences, including confocal microscopy and a comprehensive analysis of forage improvement techniques.

Scholars will also tour several of Noble Foundation research field plots and demonstration farms to see first-hand how plant science benefits production agriculture and, ultimately, today's agricultural producers.

What areas of research can I pursue?

  • Applied Genomics
  • Analytical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Genetics of Disease
  • Metabolomics/Proteomics/Functional Genomics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Breeding
  • Molecular Plant Pathology
  • Phytochemistry
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • Structural Biology
  • Transformation
  • Viral Evolution

Do I get paid?

Yes. Scholars earn approximately $4,800 for the 10-week program (taxes will be deducted from this amount automatically). Scholars work 40 hours per week and payments are made semimonthly.

Where will I stay?

The Noble Foundation provides excellent accommodations for all out-of-area scholars.

What can I do during my off hours?

The Noble Foundation is located in Ardmore, Oklahoma. With a population of about 25,000, Ardmore offers the privacy and comfort of small town life while still providing convenient access to entertainment, shopping and restaurants.

Learn more about Ardmore and activities in the surrounding area

Am I eligible to be a Noble Summer Research Scholar in Plant Science?

Candidates must:

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in a college or university within the United States, such program resulting in the award of a baccalaureate or associate's degree.
  • Have completed their sophomore year (at least 56 credit hours) with a declared major in a plant science, life science, chemistry or bioinformatics field with appropriate course work (research experience is not required).
  • Be legally authorized to work in the United States (for any employer) and will not require employment visa sponsorship for this internship.
  • Be capable of working 40 hours per week for 10 weeks.

When does the 10-week internship begin?

The 2017 program will begin Monday, June 5.

Where are applications available?

Applications for 2017 scholar positions will be available online beginning Oct. 1, 2016.

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When is the application deadline?

Applications for 2017 scholar positions must be submitted by Feb. 13, 2017.

Universities

Noble Summer Research Scholars in Plant Science have attended the following universities:

  • Brigham Young University (2)
  • Clemson University
  • Cornell University (6)
  • Duke University (2)
  • Emory University
  • Iowa State University (2)
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kansas State University
  • Luther College
  • Michigan State University (6)
  • Missouri State University
  • New Mexico State University
  • New York University
  • North Carolina State University (2)
  • Oklahoma State University (2)
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue University (2)
  • Rice University
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University
  • State University of New York, Cobleskill
  • Texas A&M University (4)
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of Florida
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of New York at Geneseo
  • University of Oklahoma (2)
  • University of Rochester (3)
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • University of Western Kentucky
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Western Kentucky University
  • William & Mary College