CAHNRS Department of Horticulture

Genomics Lab

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

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REU Site in Plant Genomics and Biotechnology at WSU is supported by the National Science Foundation



• Apply •

• The Summer 2014 application period is now CLOSED•
Duration: May 29th- August 1st, 2014

Our priority deadline for applications is February 20th. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by April 10th.

In addition to completing the ON-LINE APPLICATION, you must provide the following:

  • A Personal Statement (1,000 words or less) describing:
    • Previous experience you have in research including individual projects for science.
    • Additional experiences that demonstrate your ability to work independently and to be self-motivated.
    • What you hope to gain by participating in a research program represented in the REU Site: Genomics and Biotechnology.
    • Your short- and long-term goals, and how a summer research experience will help you realize them.
  • A copy of your academic transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable).
  • Two letters of recommendation. (Please ask the recommender to send a pdf as an attachment in an email to Amit Dhingra (; hard copies are not required and will not be accepted.)

All information must be sent electronically to Dr. Amit Dhingra ( This includes a pdf of your personal statement and a pdf of your transcripts. Please make sure the transcripts are legible. Please request your letters of recommendation be sent (as a pdf) electronically directly to Amit Dhingra. Hard copies will not be accepted.


Program Goals

The REU program goal is to provide undergraduate students in plant biology and related fields an opportunity to participate in ongoing active research programs. Working closely with faculty and graduate students, the participants will gain hands on experience in various plant biology disciplines that utilize genomics and biotechnology approaches.

Who is eligible?

Participants must be currently registered at a two or four year college, and may not have received their Bachelor's degree prior to July of the year you are applying for. Women and members of demographic groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. You must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident in order to receive NSF funding.

Students at all levels of their undergraduate work are sought for this program, and majors such genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, horticulture, crop sciences, food sciences, as well as students from comptuer sciences, bioinformatics, math and other technical majors are encouraged to apply. We will accept Freshmen to Seniors to have a diverse mix of students at various levels of their college careers.




There are eight participating laboratories each with several projects available for undergraduate research.

Expand Me Dhingra Laboratory - Genomics/Bioinformatics/Biotechnology

Expand Me Schroeder Laboratory - Plant Pathology/Genomics

Expand Me Kalyanaraman Laboratory - Computational Biology

Expand Me Knowles Laboratory - Plant Physiology/Biochemistry

Expand Me Poovaiah Laboratory - Plant Physiology/Calcium Signaling

Expand Me Evans Laboratory - Plant Genetics and Breeding

Expand Me Killinger Laboratory - Food Biotechnology

Expand Me Burke Laboratory - Weed Biology/Biotechnology

Expand Me Scot Hulbert - Plant Pathology/Biotechnology



Amit Amit Dhingra, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Biotechnonlogy (

Brenda Brenda Schroeder, Plant Pathology, Genomics (
Ananth Ananth Kalyanaraman, Computational Biology (

Rick N. Richard Knowles, Plant Physiology, Biochemistry (
Joe B W Poovaiah, Plant Physiology, Calcium signaling ( Kate Kate Evans, Plant Genetics and Breeding (

Karen Karen Killinger, Food Biotechnology ( Ian

Ian Burke, Weed Biology, Biotechnology (
Scot Scot Hulbert, Plant Pathology, Biotechnology (

What you do

What you do

Students will work on research projects ranging from calcium signaling to photosynthesis engineering to food biotechnology to tree fruit genetics. Each student will be engaged in a unique aspect of a project during the summer. Students may work in collaborative teams with faculty and graduate students or more independently to accomplish specific research goals.

All participants will take a series of half-day workshops designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of plant genomics and biotechnology. Some of the workshops include:

  • Scientific Writing
  • Ethics in Science
  • Professional Career Development
  • Critical Thinking
  • Data Analysis and Visualization
  • Poster Presentation
  • Lab Notebooks
  • Data Collection
  • Intellectual Property and Patents

Near the end of the 9.5 week session, students will prepare a poster and present their results during a poster symposium for all of the WSU REU programs.

In addition you will:

  • Participate in ongoing research projects.
  • Gain valuable research experience using state-of-the-art tools and approaches in plant genomics and biotechnology and working in a team environment.
  • Have fun, make new friends, see the Palouse area!

What you get

What you get

In addition to gaining hands-on experience in the area of plant genomics and biotechnolgy approaches used in large biotechnology companies, research programs and graduate schools, you receive:

  • A stipend of $5,000 for the 9.5 week session and free housing
  • Travel assistance for travel to and from Pullman, WA

We will provide housing in an off campus facility, with single rooms and a shared kitchen and recreation facilities for all students.



REU program questions and applicants:
Dr. Amit Dhingra
Washington State University
Genomics and Biotechnology Laboratory

Department of Horticulture Ph: 509-335-3625

Genomics Lab, PO Box 646414, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164, 509-335-3625, Contact Us