Indigenous Summer Research Scholars Program

A grant from the USDA's New Beginning for Tribal Students (NBTS) program (matched by Cornell CALS) has made it possible to fully fund four Indigenous students each year for the next four years to take part in our Summer Research Scholars Program.

Since 2009, this nine-week internship has paired undergraduate students with faculty programs at Cornell AgriTech, where the student scholars gain valuable research experience to help jump-start their careers.  Learn more about the program.

Similarly, as a participant in the Indigenous Summer Research Scholars Program, you will:

  • Conduct an independent research project focused on the agricultural plant or food sciences.
  • Develop professional and soft skills necessary for research. 
  • Be mentored by Cornell faculty who are experts in entomology, horticulture, food science or plant pathology.
  • Connect with near-peer graduate student mentors who will work with you one-on-one.
  • Receive additional culturally relevant mentoring from Indigenous Cornell faculty, the Cornell American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) and Indigenous farmers and agricultural professionals in New York.
  • Participate in additional professional enrichment programming and field trips.

Scholars receive a $6,200 stipend and are provided housing. The stipend is paid in a lump sum as direct deposit shortly after arrival, typically by the end of the first full week of the program. These funds will help pay for meals not provided by the program, travel to and from Geneva, NY, and any personal expenses you incur during the program.  Housing, local transportation and a number of meals will be provided.

Timeline

Application Deadlines 

  • Review of applications and unofficial transcripts will begin February 15, 2024 and continue until the program is full.
  • Review of letters of recommendations will begin February 22, 2024.

Notification Date 

  • Applicants notified about a decision as soon as possible after the application is received, generally 2-4 weeks.

Program Start Date

  • Students arrive May 29, 2024
  • Required orientation May 30 - 31, 2024
  • Program starts June 3, 2024

    Eligibility

    Message from the director

    Since launching the program in 2009, we’ve strived to recruit a diverse group of undergraduates to our Summer Research Scholars Program. That’s why we are excited to have received a grant from the USDA's New Beginning for Indigenous Students (NBTS) program (matched by Cornell CALS) to make it possible for us to fully fund four Indigenous students each year for the next four years to take part in the program. 

    Cornell’s American Indian & Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) is a partner in the Indigenous Summer Research Scholars Program and will help us make the program successful. Scholars will learn about AIISP and have the chance to discuss the opportunities and support AIISP provides for Indigenous students at Cornell.

    We are excited about the possibilities that these collaborations will bring to our program and community.  If you have questions, please contact us: agritech_scholar [at] cornell.edu (agritech_scholar[at]cornell[dot]edu)

    Chris Smart, Goichman Family Director, Cornell AgriTech, for the Indigenous Summer Research Scholars Program team:

    • Kyle Wickings, Department of Entomology, Summer Research Scholar Program Coordinator
    • Anna Katharine Mansfield, Department of Food Science, Cornell AgriTech DEI Coordinator
    • Larry Smart, Horticulture Section, School of Integrative Plant Science, former leader of the Summer Research Scholars Program
    • Leslie Logan, (Onöndowa’ga:’/Seneca), Associate Director of Cornell’s  American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP)

    Questions?

    Email: agritech_scholar [at] cornell.edu (agritech_scholar[at]cornell[dot]edu)