Information and Application for Biotechnology Summer Research Internship

Completed applications are due to Dr. Crisman by December 15th each year.

About this program: JCC Biotechnology Summer Research Internships are funded by an NSF award and are available to second year students in the JCC Biotechnology Program.

Eligibility: Second year biotechnology students with an average of 3.2 GPA in sciences coursework and who have, at a minimum completed all core requirements in math, chemistry, and biology courses in the A.S. Biotechnology Degree Program (with a grade of B or better) are eligible for a summer research internship at participating four year colleges/universities.

Application Checklist

To be awarded this internship all applicants must:

  1. Application: complete the application (PDF)
  2. Essay/personal statement: write a description about why they want to participate in this program (details are described below)
  3. Reference letters: receive 2 strong confidential letters of recommendation overall
  4. Transcript: print out an unofficial copy of your transcript from BANNER and attach it to your application

Reference Letters

a. One letter must be from a science faculty member who taught you biology, chemistry, or physics
b. One letter of recommendation must be from an employer or other supervisory person for whom you have worked at least 6 consecutive months. A supervisor from a voluntary position is eligible to be a reference

ALL letters must be enclosed in a sealed envelope and signed across the flap that pastes the envelope closed. These should be either given to Dr. Crisman in person or mailed to Dr. Crisman at:
Jamestown Community College
525 Falconer St
Jamestown, NY 14701

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant#1204209. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the materials are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Essay/Personal Statement 

Please include a typed, 1-2 page statement in which you discuss why you feel ready to complete a summer research internship. The statement must be written in Times New Roman, double-spaced in 12-point font and one-inch margins. Be sure to address the following:

  • What skills, abilities, and experiences contribute to your readiness for this opportunity
  • Your dependability, ability to work with a team, and ability to follow through in a timely manner 
  • Your long-term educational and employment goals
  • The weaknesses you think you need to overcome to be an effective researcher

Terms of Participation

Participants will receive a stipend (based on minimum wage) and funds to cover housing in dormitories for 6 weeks to participate in summer research at participating four year colleges/universities. Thus, the maximum numbers of participants will depend on the availability of grant funding year to year.

Timing and Length
Participants and principal investigators will work together to determine the timing of the summer research experience. All research experiences must be at least 6 weeks in length. It is expected that during this time, participants will devote the entire time to the research experience with at least 40 hours/week spent on research activities.

Selection of Principal Investigator
The JCC Biotechnology Program has established relationships with principal investigators at several colleges/universities throughout the region. If you are accepted into the program, you will be informed of placement options. We will try to place you with a principal investigator in your area of interest, but cannot guarantee placement in any specific laboratory. Under no circumstances should you contact a principal investigator on your own to establish placement.

Additional Requirements for Participation
A- Prior to the summer research experience, all participants must:

1) Identify another summer internship to which you will apply after transfer to a four year college/university
2) Prepare application materials for this second summer internship, with the assistance of Dr. Crisman

B- All participants must complete successfully the summer research experience and receive acceptable evaluations from the principal investigator with which they work. Any student who is not working diligently, or is disruptive will be removed from the internship immediately. Removal from the experience for any reason will result in cessation of stipend and housing payments.

C- All participants must comply with all policies (civility, safety, housing, etc.) outlined by the four year college/university and Jamestown Community College, and those outlined by the principal investigator. Failure to do so can result in immediate removal from the internship. This will be done in consultation with the Internship Review Committee and the principal investigator at the four year college/university.

D- To comply with the terms of the NSF grant, all participants must complete all surveys and other materials for the grant as directed and meet all deadlines.

E- After transfer, it is expected that you will apply for the aforementioned summer internship AND report the outcome of the second summer internship application to the principal investigator or project manager for the NSF grant funding these activities. This must be done prior to graduation from the four year college/university. If for some reason graduation is halted or delayed, this also must be reported to the NSF grant principal investigator or project manager.

Process and When You Will Hear if You Have Been Accepted
All applications will be assessed by a Review Committee of JCC science faculty. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program by the end of the first week in the spring semester preceding the summer research experience for which they are applying.

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