Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS)

The Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS) unites plant scientists, engineers, computer scientists, and social scientists to develop technologies that will enable seamless, bidirectional communication between humans and plants. The relevant technologies fuse synthetic biology, nanotechnology, optics, and computing to gain access to the internal biological processes of plants and their associated organisms such as, for example, soil microbes. The Center aims for these technologies to give new access to the biological processes that connect genes to traits, to guide the process of plant selection, engineering, and editing for improved crops, and to enable sophisticated management of crops in the field for improved sustainability and productivity.

Summer undergraduates in this program will be hosted and mentored by interdisciplinary teams that include expertise in both plant science and technology development. The host sites are as follows:

  • Cornell University, Ithaca NY (LSAMP Summer REU)
  • Boyce Thompson Institute & Cornell University, Ithaca NY (BTI Summer REU)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign IL (CDA Summer REU)

Learn more about the CROPPS REU or apply via NSF ETAP.

Cornell Geopaths Geoscience Learning Ecosystem (CorGGLE)

CorGGLE is a nine-week summer program that allows students from non-geoscience fields to explore opportunities for geoscience graduate study, specifically giving them exposure to myriad socially relevant careers in the geosciences. Students will conduct a research project with distinguished faculty and staff, present their work, learn about geoscience careers from practitioners, receive training in professional skills and network with others in their field of interest through weekly luncheons.

Apply to CorGGLE by February 15, 2024.