Welcome to the SUMMIT Program

We are excited for you to join us.  We will begin accepting applications for 2021 in January 2021.

Previous mentored students

The SUMMIT (Summer Undergraduate Minority Mentoring and Internship Training) program’s is an NSF funded research learning opportunity for minority and underrepresented groups in the Plant Sciences.  SUMMIT’s goal is to mentor undergraduate students to prepare them for a career in the sciences.   There continues to be a need for a diverse scientifically trained community to address important questions focused on food production as the planet’s population continues to increase.  In the SUMMIT program, student participants will be partnered and mentored by Ph.D. researchers.  These researchers are working toward the understanding of the mechanism of meiotic recombination using modern genomic, molecular biology, and cytogenetic techniques.  This multi-institutional collaborative group will be supporting undergraduate student research opportunities for the Summer at either the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities or Cornell University – Ithaca, NY.  Each selected participate will receive a stipend of $5000 (at completion).  Supplemental travel and housing funds may be available upon request.

We look forward to assisting the participants in developing as a scientist and as a member of the scientific community.  We foresee students improving their research skills, building confidence in their abilities, and gaining insights into the scientific community. 

NSF project meeting

Required qualifications:

  • United States citizen, nationals or permanent resident
  • Majoring in STEM, preference given to Plant Science, Biology majors
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program
  • Identify as a minority or underrepresented group in the Plant Sciences
  • Completed application and three (3) letters of reference
  • Available from Late May to mid-August to complete research experience 


Applications are due February 26, 2021.  Application review will be followed by a scheduled video/phone interview in early March.  Final selection of participants is expected to be completed by mid-March, 2021.