Who should apply
- Crop Sciences
- Soil Sciences
- Plant Sciences
- Plant Biology
EligibilityParticipation in the Nebraska Summer Research Program is limited to students who meet the following criteria:
- U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
- Current undergraduate with at least one semester of coursework remaining before obtaining a bachelor's degree
See Eligibility for more information.
About the Program
Interest is growing in the use of cover crops and annual forages in integrated agronomic systems to increase forage for grazing livestock and improve other ecosystem services. Yet, much remains unknown about management of such systems and their impacts on corn/soybean yields, forage production, and soil and environmental quality. Thus, developing student skills in conducting research, communicating findings, and educating crop and livestock producers in this emerging area of agriculture is a priority.
This fellowship will provide a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to work directly with faculty mentors knowledgeable on corn/soybean cropping systems, cover crop/crop residue management, pasture ecology, and soil management.
The department will support travel, hotel, registration, and meal expenses for a professional meeting to present research, interact with leading university, government, and industry scientists, form networks, and pursue graduate school opportunities. Total value of support for each fellow is estimated at $8,015.
Student-focused learning outcomes:
- Improve understanding of integrated agronomic systems.
- Learn how agronomic experiments are designed.
- Measure and analyze fundamental crop and soil variables.
- Develop an extension case study to address a producer concern.
- Effectively communicate extension and research outcomes.
- Develop networks with other students, government scientists, industry leaders, faculty, and extension personnel in the field of integrated agronomic systems.
- Acquire specific skills necessary to apply to graduate school.
- Competitive stipend: $4,000
- Suite-style room and meal plan
- Travel expenses to and from Lincoln
- Campus parking and/or bus pass
- Full access to the Campus Recreation Center and campus library system
- Wireless internet access
Learn more about academic and financial benefits.
- Department seminars and presentations
- Professional development workshops (e.g., applying to graduate school, taking the GRE)
- Welcome picnic
- Day trip to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
- Canoe and camping trip
- Research symposium