MU Students to Spend Summer as Interns at Danforth Plant Science Center

College of Arts & Science
Jordan Yount
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College of Arts & Science
Biological Sciences

Two students at the University of Missouri have been selected to participate in an 11-week summer internship at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis. Students Ryan Calcutt, a junior in biological sciences, and Will McHargue, a senior in biological engineering, will arrive at the Danforth Center at the end of May and spend the summer with assigned mentors in their labs. The interns will receive training in general safety and bioethics and will be exposed to the center’s specialized facilities through hands-on workshops. 

The goal of the annual Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) internship program is to immerse the students in a research environment while teaching them research skills. Students from MU and across the country will be paired with a scientist who is a senior researcher at the Danforth Center, where they will tackle research in subjects such as abiotic stress, bioenergy, cell biology, metabolic pathways and translational plant science.

Each intern and mentor pair will work together to design a project, and at the end of the session the interns will each present a summary of their research before an audience of peers. Since 2000, more than 213 students have participated in the National Science Foundation’s REU internship program.

The Danforth Center supports 20 scientific teams that employ approximately 170 scientists from more than 20 countries. The teams include visiting scientists, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and other trainees.

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