About the George Washington Carver Summer Research Internship Program

 

The George Washington Carver Summer Research Internship Program has been impacting and engaging the minds of high school and undergraduate student program participants for over 25 years. The internship program promotes “science with practice” by exposing interns to research opportunities under the direction of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) research faculty members. The program seeks to improve the research enterprise through increased diversity; champion the value of graduate education; and prepare and recruit the best and brightest for undergraduate and graduate education at ISU.  The internship program further seeks to bridge the gap between lack of access to technology/information and opportunities to engage in experiential learning in an effort to increase the participation of students of color in STEM fields. In addition to their research experience, interns participate in weekly educational seminars, and social and cultural activities.

Projects/research activities vary based on the expertise of the faculty mentor to whom the intern is assigned.  Disciplines commonly providing opportunities are agricultural and biosystems engineering; agricultural education and studies; agronomy; animal science; biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology ecology, evolution and organismal biology; entomology; food science and human nutrition; genetics, development and cell biology; horticulture; natural resource ecology and management; plant pathology and microbiology;  and sociology. Disciplines within the colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Veterinary Medicine have also been represented in the program. The George Washington Carver Summer Research Internship program is open to ALL students. Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS IS NOW CLOSED

Undergraduate Program

The Undergraduate experience lasts 8 weeks. In 2014 the program will run from June 9 to August 2. Undergraduate students are provided with room and board on campus, round-trip airfare, and a stipend of $3,000.  Note: Graduating seniors are eligible to apply. All application materials must be post-marked by March 5, 2014

Undergraduate Application - Online Application Must be completed by Midnight on March 5

 

High School Program

The High School experience lasts 6 weeks. In 2014, the program will run from June 23 to August 2. High students are provided with room and board on campus, and a stipend of $1,750.  Note: High school seniors, should apply for the high school program. All application materials must be post-marked by March 5, 2014

High School Application - Online Application Must be completed by Midnight on March 5

 

Programming

Interns are required to; complete a research project in coordination with their faculty mentor, prepare an abstract and written report, and present their work (oral or poster) at the Research Symposium at the end of the program. Each summer intern will also participate in weekly professional development and educational activities.

Residence assistants are available evenings and weekends for support and program coordinators are in frequent contact with each intern.


To be eligible students must be:

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • 3.0 or above student at his/her university or high school
  • High school students - must be at least 16 years of age