Biotech Updates

Nat'l Foundations Support Student Scientific Program in the U.S.

April 20, 2012

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center received funding support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and The Hearst Foundations for its Summer Internship program. The program exposes students in an outstanding research environment with the guidance of plant and life science experts from the Center. Principal Investigators Dr. Leslie Hicks and Dr. Sona Pandey will provide the students with insight about the characteristics of a good researcher with the goal of becoming a scientist.

With the support from NSF, 12 undergraduate students will undergo research training for 11 weeks, during the summers of 2012-2016. They will conduct research projects in the areas of cell biology, molecular biology, structural biology, biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, computational biology, bioinformatics, developmental biology, genetics, genomics, or plant pathology. On the other hand, the grant from The Hearst Foundation will allow five students to undergo all stages of modern scientific research, from design, experimentation, to reporting. The training includes field trips and workshops in proteomics, microscopy, tissue culture, and genetic engineering.

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