Collaborative Opportunities in Horticulture (COHORT) Program Application Deadline

February 15, 2018

We are thrilled to announce an exciting summer educational research program for talented under represented undergraduates interested in agroecology, urban agriculture, and plant systems at the University of Minnesota. Students chosen for this program will be engaged full-time in summer research in the plant sciences while learning about opportunities to ‘design their dream job’ as a start-up business. Eight students will be chosen and will to learn about alternative career choices and research in plant, soil and ecological research.

Conduct research! Minnesota is a vibrant urban farming community and has a mildbeautiful summer perfect for conducting research outside as well as in state-of-the-art laboratories at the University of Minnesota. Each student will be placed in a mentored lab and will conduct research alongside seasoned scientists. Opportunities for agroecological research include aquaponics, insect pest management, organic fruit andvegetable production, edible flowers, plant breeding, and more!

Learn about starting a business! A key feature of our program is mentoring from small business owners and exposure to entrepreneurial opportunities in food and agriculture. As part of this program, the business school at the University of Minnesota will teach entrepreneurship workshops highlighting the numerous innovative urban horticultural small businesses in the Twin Cities, including organic farming, mushroom, honey, and aquaponic production.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2018
Program Dates: May 31-Aug 11, 2018

Requirements: Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the US or its possessions;currently attending an accredited 2 or 4-year institution on a full-time basis; interested in the life sciences, and able to commit full time to our program.