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Summer Research Scholars Program Information

scholar willow researchCornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station offers a Summer Research Scholars Program where undergraduate students can participate in exciting research projects in several disciplines including;

Students have the opportunity to work with faculty, their graduate students and postdocs, and staff on research projects that can be laboratory or field-based.  Many of our basic research projects have a translational alignment with practical problem solving applications for the agricultural community. The goal of the program is to provide undergraduates with the opportunity to plan and conduct experiments, evaluate data, communicate results, and learn about opportunities in agricultural and food research.

Applications are no longer being accepted for 2018 season. Check back in December 2018 for information and application for the 2019 program.

Specifics for 2018 program

  • Nine week internships to conduct research in a faculty program on Cornell’s Geneva campus
  • Gain research experience and learn about the diverse agriculture and food systems in New York
  • Additional professional enrichment programming and field trips will be offered
  • Benefits include housing and a $4,825 stipend
  • Starts on May 30, 2018 (May 29 for travel) and runs through July 27, 2018 (July 28 for travel)


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for USDA NIFA funding.
  • Must be 18 years of age by May 29, 2018
  • Must have completed two, and preferably three, years of college level study in one of the life sciences by June 2018

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The Scholar will have the opportunity to participate in other career-related activities including trips to farms, orchards, and vineyards in the area.  Other touring opportunities will also be available, for example weekend trips to Niagara Falls, the Eastman (Kodak) House, Corning Museum of Glass, hiking in the Finger Lakes region, etc.