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Announcement of USDA-NIFA-HSI Summer Internship

Looking for an exciting and rewarding summer?  Enroll in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs for Hispanic College Students in the Agricultural and Food Processing Industry of California’s Central Valley.

Overview

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs for Hispanic College Students in the Agricultural and Food Processing Industry of California’s Central Valley is a 5-week summer session program for UC Merced undergraduate students. Participants will participate in the ongoing research activities of faculty members and receive formal instruction on innovation and entrepreneurship programs related to the agricultural and food processing industry.

Students will conduct research under the supervision of faculty mentors and their graduates. To enhance the integrated educational and research experience, students will attend formal individual and research group meetings on a weekly basis. They will also attend weekly informal brown-bag lunch meetings to report their research problems, results to date, future plans, research progress, and present short papers on some aspect of the research that they find interesting. Participants will work with mentors to contribute and advance their chosen research. The program will include about two-week long internship at regional food and agriculture companies and USDA research laboratories.

Stipend and Allowance

Each participant will receive a total stipend of $2,000 for 5 weeks (May to June during the first summer session).

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted online and will be accepted through March 15, 2017.

Requirements

  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its possessions.
  • Undergraduates students who will be juniors or seniors in the fall semester of 2017, with a major in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science or a closely related field linked to sustainability and management.
  • Students who plan to enroll for summer courses are encouraged to apply for the fellowship.
  • Must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5.

Contact:

Dr. Jian-Qiao Sun

School of Engineering

University of California, Merced

jsun3@ucmerced.edu

Robert Goodman

Lead STEM Career Specialist

University of California, Merced

rgoodman@ucmerced.edu