Tentative 2022 example pre-session timeline:
- February 10, 2022: Applications due.
- February 14: Letters of recommendations due. These should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org directly by referees.
- Mid-March: Decision letter will be emailed to the applicants.
Before you arrive:
A group video orientation will be held in late April with program coordinators. You will be introduced to other interns, and briefed on the 2022 schedule and logistical details. Video conferences between each mentor and their student intern will take place in early May to get acquainted and discuss expectations.
Tables 1-3 below outline the timeline. Most weeks will follow a similar schedule to facilitate planning of work schedules in the host labs. All weeks will include these elements:
- Professional development (Prof. Dev.): Interns in plant pathology REEU will join the workshops offered by the Consortium of Undergraduate Research Experience Programs (CUREP). On weeks without a CUREP workshop we will offer sessions on ethics, video interview skills, and international agriculture development.
- Field trips: Weeks 1-8 will have a half- or full-day field trip for hands-on experiential learning about research and extension in different agricultural systems.
- Agricultural data analytics activities: Each week will have a 1-2 hour group session focused on Food and Agriculture Cyberinformatics and Tools (FACT). The group sessions are intended to develop skills in the entire cohort and give all students exposure to different types of data including bioinformatics, high-throughput phenotyping, and large-scale field data at a conceptual level appropriate to the interns.
Table 1: Week 1 timeline
|Tuesday||Travel, checking in to housing. Group dinner.|
Morning: 9:00-10:00: welcome coffee with all mentors, with overview of KSU plant health research and extension; 9:00-12:00: additional group orientation sessions. Complete pre-session survey. Initiate required safety trainings. Create professional LinkedIn profiles.
Afternoon: Acquire ID’s for access to campus facilities, other logistics, and then initial worktime in host lab.
Morning: Finish any necessary safety trainings.
Afternoon: Worktime in host labs,
Morning: ½ day field trip to KSU farm to learn how to set up field experiments, methods to measure diseases and insects, & learn about extension.
Afternoon: Worktime in host lab; 4:00-5:00 Initiate group blog.
Evening: welcome BBQ or dinner
Table 2: Timeline for weeks 2-7
|Week 2||Prof. Dev.||“Preparing for Research” – presented by CUREP|
Field trip to university research farm to observe high throughput phenotyping, UAVs, and big data (FACT).
|Week 3||Prof. Dev.||“Research Ethics”|
|Field trip, 1/2 day||Campus landscape disease walking tour and extension experience. Hands-on diagnostic problem-solving.|
|FACT||Analyzing UAV data using Machine Learning.|
Friday afternoon 4:00: ice cream break, informal progress updates. All interns sign up for a free one-year student membership to the American
|Week 4||Prof. Dev.||“Graduate School Application Process,” presented by CUREP|
|Field trip, full day|
KSU student farm (Manhattan, KS)
“Big picture” conceptual introduction to bioinformatics. What is it, why is it important, and what questions can we ask? Meet in teaching computer lab and learn about genome sequencing and bioinformatics.
|Other||1-hr tour of Integrated Genomics Facility.|
|Week 5||Prof. Dev.||“Financial Support for Graduate School." Presented by CUREP|
|Field trip, 1/2 day|
KSU Biosecurity Research Institute. 1 hr intro session, then go into mock-containment demo lab to learn hands-on methods for BSL3 work. Learn how extension personnel interact with regulatory officials to work with growers on exotic/emerging pathogens.
Using long-read sequence data to assemble complete genomes. Discuss cutting-edge sequencing technology and how it is revolutionizing biological sciences. Use 2nd & 3rd generation sequence data to assemble two fungal genomes using KSU High Performance Computer Cluster.
|Week 6||Prof. Dev.||“Communication skills for scientific posters and presentations.”|
|Field trip, 1/2 day|
Engaging the public through experiential displays. Behind-the-scenes tour of the KSU Insect Zoo to learn how entomologists use the zoo for science communication to the public, including children. Brainstorm ideas on how to showcase their own projects in a fun and creative way.
Using long-read sequence data to assemble complete genomes (continued). Analyze the completed genome assemblies and develop hypotheses they could further test.
Table 3: Week 8 timeline
|Monday||Morning: worktime with labs; Afternoon 2:00-5:00 Interns conduct a practice poster session. Staggered exit interviews|
|Tuesday||Morning and afternoon: work time in host labs|
Morning: worktime in host labs; Afternoon: Research Symposium and Reception.