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2019 HSR group

High School Research Hosts

Dr. Chi Zhang, School of Biological Sciences

Project Title: Development of predictive model to predict phenotyping results from genomic markers
Project Description: We will develop new mathematical models to link the genomic marks to the phenotyping data, and develop an online web server based on the mathematical models.

Dr. Rajib Saha, Chemical & Bimolecular Engineering

Project Description: The student will work to quantitatively design genetic circuits for the design of Zea mays (known as corn or maize) plants with novel root traits for the refinement of systems-level understanding of the root-rhizobiome system, improvement of plant performance, and the testing of other hypotheses which may arise. 

Dr. Jinliang Yang, Agronomy and Horticulture

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Dr. Toshihiro Obata, Biochemistry

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Dr. Marc Libault, Agronomy and Horticulture

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Dr. Tessa Durham Brooks, Doane University Biology Department

Project Title: CSI Root:  Collecting 'fingerprints' of chemical exudates of roots to improve plant health

Project Description: Roots secrete (exude) nutrients and other chemicals that can provide important clues regarding their health, much like a urine or blood sample can be used in medicine. In this project, students will join a team of chemists and biologists to develop and use an innovative method for capturing a snapshot of the root exudate 'fingerprint'.  The method will be used to better understand how these chemicals help the root attract beneficial microbes (probiotics) that can promote plant health.

Essential Information

Who's Eligible?

Must be 16 years old, 10th or 11th grader of the current year applying, Must be a Nebraska resident. Must be a US citizen OR have proof of employment authorization

Commuter ONLY

No residential housing options

Hourly Wage

Researchers will be paid $9/hour for 35-40 hours per week for up to 8 weeks.

Research Interest Areas

Biology, Plant Science, Agronomy and Horticulture, Biochemistry and more 

Applications require teacher recommendations

Positions are extremely limited!

Supervision and Safety

Safety is our number one concern and HS researchers will receive thorough training and will be supervised during their daily work.

Announcements & Key Dates

Jan | 01 Applications available online
Mar | 20 HS Researcher applications & teacher recommendations DUE
Apr | 05 HS Researcher selection notifications sent via e-mail.