Undergraduate Research

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Faculty affiliated with the Plant Center are committed to training the next generation of scientific researchers.

Plant Center faculty have been very successful in undergraduate training, with hundreds of examples of students who have worked in member labs as a stepping stone to prepare the for graduate school or a career in a biomedical field. There are also countless examples of students who began with an interest in medicine only to change their minds and go on to become successful plant scientists.  Visit our member page to find faculty research areas that align with your interests.  Contact faculty directly to find out if they can provide research opportunities for you in their labs.


Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU)

Crop Genetics and Genomics


Are you an undergraduate interested in plant biology, crop genomics, feeding the future and improving fibers, fuels, or forest materials?

We are currently recruiting Fellows for Summer 2018! Students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.


Program description: Ten first- and second-year undergraduate Fellows will work on research projects for 9 weeks this summer with Plant Center faculty mentors in hands-on laboratory and field-based research experiences in crop genetics and genomics. Find more information about faculty research areas here: Faculty research.

Fellows will also take part in a 2-day, hands-on ‘Plant Breeding Practicum’ field course to learn firsthand how genetic and genomics research is used to improve crop cultivars. In addition, Fellows will participate in a service-learning project to develop an understanding of the connection between research, extension and crop production. Professional development opportunities covering career options, research ethics, networking, and science and public communication are also part of the program. Our primary mission is to develop plant scientists that can address the challenges facing US agricultural competitiveness and food production.

All students are supported with a $4,500 stipend. We cover dorm rooms for non-UGA students, plus a small meal allowance.


  • Currently finishing your first or second year of college courses (sophomore or junior standing by summer) is preferred
  • US citizenship or permanent residency is required
  • You must be available for the full 9 weeks from May 21 to July 21, 2018
  • Demonstrated interest in agrisciences or majoring in biology, plant biology, genetics, horticulture, microbiology, life sciences, or agricultural sciences

Application deadline: all materials are due by Friday, March 23, 2018 for summer 2018

Application process: 1) complete the application form here, 2) arrange to have two letters of recommendation (pdf form here) submitted to uga.plant.reeu@gmail.com, 3) submit your most recent transcript (unofficial copy okay) to uga.plant.reeu@gmail.com with your name in the subject line

Contacts: Dr. Marin Brewer, mtbrewer@uga.edu, 706-542-1254; Dr. CJ Tsai cjtsai@uga.edu, 706-542-1271

“The connections and the experiences that I have gained from Dr. Parrott’s and Dr. Missaoui’s labs have helped me become a better informed and more driven in my goals” –  Tate Hutwagner

2016 UndergradResearchAwards