SROP: Integrated Agronomic Systems

For information contact

Dr. John Guretzky
Project Director 
402-472-1516

Undergraduate Research and Extension Experiential Learning Fellowship participants are (left to right): Rebecca Johnson, Iowa State University; Becca Clay, ISU; Martina La Vallie, Augustana University; Sarah Morton, UNL; Natalie Holste, Missouri University of Science and Technology; Joey Geisler, UNL; Omar Muniz, University of Texas-El Paso and Andi Nichols, Oklahoma State University.
Undergraduate Research and Extension Experiential Learning Fellowship participants are (left to right): Rebecca Johnson, Iowa State University; Becca Clay, ISU; Martina La Vallie, Augustana University; Sarah Morton, UNL; Natalie Holste, Missouri University of Science and Technology; Joey Geisler, UNL; Omar Muniz, University of Texas-El Paso and Andi Nichols, Oklahoma State University.

Application Dates

Nov 15 2016 App opens
February 1 Priority deadline
March 1 App closes
April 1 Decisions complete

Program Dates

June 4 2017 Arrival day
June 5 Program begins
August 9 Program ends
August 10 Departure day

Who should apply


Related fields

  • Crop Sciences
  • Soil Sciences
  • Plant Sciences
  • Plant Biology

Eligibility

Participation 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.

How to apply

Follow the application steps to submit the following materials.

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.

Becca Clay, an undergraduate from Iowa State University, presents her research poster on how grazing cover crops impact soil properties at the Goodding Learning Center, Plant Sciences Hall, UNL East Campus.
Becca Clay, an undergraduate from Iowa State University, presents her research poster on how grazing cover crops impact soil properties at the Goodding Learning Center, Plant Sciences Hall, UNL East Campus.

Student-focused learning outcomes:

  1. Improve understanding of integrated agronomic systems.
  2. Learn how agronomic experiments are designed.
  3. Measure and analyze fundamental crop and soil variables.
  4. Develop an extension case study to address a producer concern.
  5. Effectively communicate extension and research outcomes.
  6. Develop networks with other students, government scientists, industry leaders, faculty, and extension personnel in the field of integrated agronomic systems. 
  7. Acquire specific skills necessary to apply to graduate school.

Benefits

  • 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.

Events

  • 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