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Cenusa Undergraduate Internship Program

Primary Institution: Iowa State University
City: Ames
State: IA
Job Duration: June 10-August 3, 2012
Class Requirement: Completed High School
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Biology/Life Science
Other Engineering
Description: The summer 2012 Cenusa Bioenergy Research Internship Experience for Undergraduates will provide rich interdisciplinary training and engagement opportunities for undergraduate students in all areas of the bioenergy value chain to meet the workforce challenges of the emerging bioeconomy.
    In 2012, the research internship program will enroll a class of 12 students, with all students spending the first five days in the program at the Iowa State University site. While a portion of the  students will remain at Iowa State University, several of the students will then travel to one of Cenusa's partner institutions (depending on their research interests) to complete their summer program at a partner lab. All students will maintain contact with the program through distance technologies for weekly meetings, seminars, and final presentations. Our research undergraduate interns will work in the following areas:
1.Feedstock Development
2.Field-Level Sustainability
4.Policy-Level Sustainability
5.Feedstock Conversion Economics
6.Markets and Distribution
7.Health and Safety

   Selected undergraduate interns will gain practical research skills in computer modeling, field methods, and/or experimental design by conducting independent projects under the guidance of experienced faculty and research scientists. Other activities of our Cenusa Bioenergy Internship Program are designed for social, leadership, and professional development of the undergraduate participants. Students selected for the program will work on interdisciplinary teams with faculty, graduate students, post-docs, and in some cases industrial partners.
    The Cenusa Bioenergy Research Internship Experience will provide students with a summer stipend, and housing and traveling allowances.
    The interns will expected to work in a research lab for 40 hours per week, participate in weekly lab meetings and all other scheduled events. At the end of the program they will be required to present their research findings at a poster symposium.
Stipend: $450/Week for 8 Weeks
Benefits: Housing
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 03/30/2012
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Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: D Raj Raman
Iowa State University
3222 NSRIC
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-0465
Secondary Contact: MaryAnn Moore
Iowa State University
3144 NSRIC
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-4249
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