The Plant Health Fellows Internship Program will not be held this summer. We have applied for funding to continue the program in 2022, and will post updates as we get them. 

2017 Plant Health Fellows

 Are you considering a career in scientific research? Are you interested in doing work to help food, farms, forests, or the environment? Southern Connecticut State University is offering a summer internship program for undergraduates interested in conducting scientific research in areas related to agriculture, crop health, and the environment. 

Underclassmen and novice researchers (students with no prior paid research experience) are strongly encouraged to apply, as are first-generation and minority college students.

Click HERE for application instructions.

What does the program involve?

Ten selected students will spend nine weeks living at Southern CT State University (SCSU) and conducting a research project in small research groups with mentors at the nearby Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) in New Haven, CT. Research projects may be field- or laboratory-based in areas including plant pathology, analytical chemistry, entomology, molecular microbiology, plant physiology, and forest health. Click here for the research interests of the participating research mentors. Weekly enrichment activities will include field trips to learn about research careers in the public and private sector, and workshops to develop scientific leadership and communication skills. 

What financial and housing support is provided?

The program offers free housing and a $4,300 stipend. Fellows will live in 3-4 person furnished apartment-style student housing on the SCSU campus. Apartments have living rooms, air conditioning, internet, full kitchens, and cable TV. Fellows will have access to the library on the SCSU campus. Limited funds are available to assist with transportation to New Haven for non-Connecticut residents, upon request. 

For more information, read the Frequently Asked Questions. 

Eligibility Requirements

The program is open to undergraduate students who:

·   Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents

·  Are at least 18 years of age

·   Will have completed two to four semesters toward a biology, chemistry, or related science major by June 2020 (but will not have graduated by then)

·  Are in good academic standing

·   Can commit to work full-time from June 8th to August 6th, 2020 (not including July 4th