Sustainable Production and Distribution of Bioenergy for the Central USA

CenUSA Bioenergy  

CenUSA Bioenergy Research Internship Experience for Undergraduates
hosted by Iowa State University

May 28 – August 2, 2014*


Program Overview

The summer 2014 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.

The research internship program will enroll a class of 12 – 18 students, with all students spending the first five days of 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 in contact with the program through distance technologies for weekly meetings, seminars, and final presentations. Our research undergraduate interns will work in one of the following areas:

  1. Feedstock Development
  2. Field-Level Sustainability
  3. Logistics
  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.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning February 1 and will continue through March 9. All admission decisions will be made by late-April.

*Each participant is expected to stay on campus during the dates of the program with the exception of the 4th of July weekend. Any proposed conflicts must be noted in application and will be addressed on an individual basis.