and The New York Botanical Garden
This is a joint project between Lehman College of the City University of New York, a Hispanic-Serving Institution, and the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), a world-renowned research center since 1896. The two institutions both have strong plant sciences programs and are located about one mile apart in the Bronx, New York. The purpose of this project is to strengthen the linkages between the institutions through undergraduate educational and research opportunities, and by improvement of electronic educational resources. Specifically, we are doing the following:
· Creating a computer laboratory at Lehman to give undergraduate students access to research equipment that is currently not available to them. This laboratory has also received funding by Waters Corporation and the DOD.
· Creating a state-of-the-art geographical information system (GIS) laboratory at NYBG to be used by NYBG graduate students and Lehman undergraduate. The GIS laboratory will be incorporated into Lehman and NYBG curricula.
· Creating a pilot NYBG Internship Program for Lehman undergraduate students to work at NYBG.
· Enhancing the Lehman undergraduate plant sciences curriculum by incorporating NYBG resources.
The program is designed so students will receive enhanced training in plant
sciences with modern equipment. Curriculum development depends upon the
improvement of the computer teaching facilities at the two collaborating
institutions. Selected students will conduct semester-long internships
at NYBG, and use the skills they have learned in class in a research environment.
Lehman students will also benefit from a new GIS laboratory at NYBG through
research projects and seminars. The program will allow students at the
undergraduate and graduate levels to have access to botanical resources
that are currently not available at either Lehman College or NYBG. The
program is intended to encourage outstanding Lehman undergraduate students
to consider graduate studies and careers in plant sciences.
Pilot NYBG Internship Program
We have established a pilot NYBG Internship Program for upper-level Lehman undergraduate students to conduct research with NYBG scientists. NYBG interns will be selected for one semester through the following criteria:
1. A full-time student at
with an expressed interest in pursuing advanced degrees in plant sciences
will be given preference. Students will be expected to work 10 hours per
week for one semester. Up to two students will be selected per semester
to participate in this program. A total of eight interns will be placed
during this pilot project. Four of the students will be offered stipends.
All students will receive credit for their research work through BIO 489
(Introduction to Experimental Biology), BIO 490 (Honors in Biological Sciences),
or BIO 501 (Research in Plant Biology). Drs. Wurtzel and Peters will coordinate the NYBG Internship Program
and will be responsible for selecting students.
student will have the opportunity to choose from among the group of selected
mentors. Students selected for the program will work with their NYBG mentor
to develop a research project. In the first two weeks of the program, the
student, with the help of the faculty mentor, will write a short two-page
summary of the project plan. Drs. Peters and Wurtzel will review, revise,
and approve the project, and the student will spend the remaining twelve
weeks of the semester carrying out a portion of the proposed research.
NYBG Internship Application
For more information about
the NYBG Internship Program , contact:
This project is
sponsored by the