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Department of Plant Pathology

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Department of Plant Pathology
Kansas State University
1712 Claflin Road
4024 Throckmorton PSC
Manhattan, KS 66506

Ph: +1-785-532-6176
Fx: +1-785-532-5692

Summer Internships in Plant Health

The Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University (K-State) will be offering summer internships in plant pathology and related subjects (e.g. crop genetics, horticulture, entomology, and agronomy). The student interns will work with faculty, postdoctoral scholars, or graduate students at K-State on research projects that will be either lab-, greenhouse-, field-based, or a combination of above components.


UPDATE - the 2021 program has transitioned to VIRTUAL. All participants are receiving modified projects and an updated schedule of engaging online group activities. We are excited about our virtual 2021 program and are looking forward to an in-person program in summer 2022.



We are looking forward to summer 2021! Please note that the program is subject to cancellation or change due to the covid19 pandemic. We are monitoring the situation and coordinating with various KSU partners. If we need to make major changes or cancellations we will let selected participants know as soon as possible.


The program will run from June 15 - July 29 2021, and interns will receive:

  • A $5,100 stipend paid in several installments over the summer
  • A travel reimbursement allowance up to $600 for airfare, mileage, etc.
  • Housing and dining (20 meals per week, single occupancy) in K-State dorms will be provided. (An equivalent housing stipend may be another option. Contact the coordinator for details)


  1. Applicant must be at least 18 years old at the time of application submission.
  2. Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  3. Applicant must be an undergraduate student who is enrolled in a degree program (full- or part-time) leading to a Bachelor's degree.

How to Apply

Application deadline is February 11th, 2021.

Students can apply to this REEU (Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates) program by submitting the online application. Please plan on completing the application in one session. You will need the following materials:

  1. Titles of three projects chosen from the 2021 Projects List. You must read all the project descriptions to shortlist the projects.
  2. Statement of research interests, career goals (1-page maximum, single spaced and size 12 font). In this one page, also list all academic honors, scholarships, teaching or work experiences that you have had.
  3. Copy of unofficial transcripts.
  4. Name of two people who will write letters of recommendation. (Examples of good referees are professors who know you well and can evaluate your skills, abilities, and potential). Applicants are responsible for contacting their referees and requesting them to send letters directly to kennelly@ksu.edu by February 15 2021.

If something does not work on the application form, please contact REEU coordinator Dr. Megan Kennelly at kennelly@ksu.edu.

We would love for you to help share this opportunity. Here is a shareable/printable flyer about the program.

Project Examples From 2019 (2020 was canceled due to covid19)

During the last week of internship in summer 2019, all REEU interns presented scientific posters in a research poster symposium. One example project is explained in the following video:

Project Director: Dr. Megan Kennelly; Project Co-Director: Dr. David Cook

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Dr. Megan Kennelly



This REEU program is supported by AFRI Education and Workforce Development grant no. 2019-67032-29071 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.