Plant Imaging Consortium A new perspective on plants

Opportunity » 2/28/2016

The Plant Imaging Consortium (PIC) is now accepting applications for its undergraduate internship position at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. The ideal candidate is a rising junior or senior studying biology or chemistry. Under the direction of Dr. Christopher Topp, assistant member at the Danforth Center, the intern will gain valuable experience evaluating various platforms for root phenotyping.

This is a paid summer internship with a $5,500 stipend plus additional $500 travel and $500 food stipends. The student will be expected to work at least 40 hours per week for the duration of the internship. No vacations will be permitted during this 11-week program (except for official Danforth Center-wide holidays such as Memorial Day and Independence Holidays). At the end of the internship, the student will present his/her research in the Center's AT&T Auditorium before an audience of scientific peers. A brief written report is also required and students will be carefully guided through the process of preparation of the written report and oral presentation. The presentation and report are a vital part of the education of young scientists.

Applications are due March 31, 2017 and should be emailed to Molly Alexander, PIC program manager, at mmalexander@astate.edu.
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News » 6/17/2016

The Plant Imaging Consortium hosted its second annual Plant High Throughput Phenotyping Workshop June 13 - 16, 2016 at the Arkansas Biosciences Institute at Arkansas State University. Participants learned the experimental design of a phenotyping experiment, plant material preparation and collection, image acquisition, and image and data analysis relevant to the research in their home institutions’ laboratories. Invited speakers talked about how radiochemicals and positron emission tomography (a.k.a. PET) can be used to study transport, metabolism, and other processes in plants. Two faculty, three post-doctoral associates, five graduate students, two undergraduate students, and two laboratory technicians attended the workshop from seven institutions in Arkansas and Missouri and one in Mexico.

News » 4/11/2016

Lucia Acosta-Gamboa (pictured on right), a PIC- supported PhD student in the Lorence Laboratory won second place for best graduate student poster in the STEM category at the 2016 Create@State event that took place April 6-7, 2016 in Jonesboro, AR. Lucia presented the work entitled “Optimization of drought stress high throughput phenotyping assays in Arabidopsis”. This is a collaborative project between the Mendoza-Cozatl (Model 1 lead) and Lorence (Phenomics Core lead) Laboratories. The co-authors of this poster are: Lucia Acosta-Gamboa, Erin Langley, Zachary Campbell, Suxing Liu, Norma Castro-Guerrero, David Mendoza-Cozatl and Argelia Lorence.

Kendl Fischer (pictured on left), a Chemistry major working in the Lorence Group, won first place for best undergraduate poster in the division of other analytical studies and STEM at the same event. Kendl presented the work “Identifying salt tolerant accessions within a rice diversity panel using phenomic approaches” This work is part of a collaborative project funded by the NSF-Plant Genome Program between the Walia Group (University of Nebraska Lincoln) and the Lorence Laboratory. The co-authors of this poster are: Kendl Fischer, Nathan Tripod, Zachary Campbell, Malachi Campbell, Harkamal Walia, and Argelia Lorence.


Summer Research Opportunities » Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS)

DHS HS-STEM 2016 Summer Internship Program

The Department of Homeland Security sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals.
Benefits Include:

  • Graduate Students: $700 stipend per week plus travel expenses
  • Undergraduate Students: $600 stipend per week plus travel expenses
  • Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and many more.

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Summer Research Opportunities » Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS)

Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions

This 10-week program offers the opportunity to enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS. Faculty, along with undergraduate and graduate students, will engage in research that provides opportunities to help advance the DHS Areas of Research and strengthen the talent pool of scientists and engineers. Selected participants will conduct collaborative research of mutual interest to the Team, the DHS Centers of Excellence and DHS.
Benefits Include:

  • Faculty: $1200 stipend per week plus travel expenses
  • Graduate Students: $700 stipend per week plus travel expenses
  • Undergraduate Students: $600 stipend per week plus travel expenses

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PIC Internship @ Danforth Center

» Applications Due: March 31, 2017
The Plant Imaging Consortium (PIC) is now accepting applications for its undergraduate internship position at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. The ideal candidate is a rising junior or senior studying biology or chemistry. Under the direction of Dr. Christopher Topp, assistant member at the Danforth Center, the intern will gain valuable experience evaluating various platforms for root phenotyping.

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National Science foundation awards #1430427 and #1430428: Collaborative Research on Plant Stress Response through Innovations in Phenomics and Molecular Imaging Technologies
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