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Arkansas Biosciences Institute

ABI will become internationally recognized as a leader in health and life sciences research. Its multifaceted programs will strengthen Arkansas through science-based economic development including research, education, and technology.

A Leader in Health Sciences Research

By working on joint and related research initiatives, the five member organizations created a large community of scientists and researchers who can better compete for external grant awards from federal sources and national foundations, increase the number of scientists and staff supported by extramural funding, share resources (equipment and expertise), attract other scientists to Arkansas, and encourage science-based economic development in the state.

Argelia Lorence Nov 2017

Lorence Receives Commendation from ABI

The Arkansas Biosciences Institute has recognized Dr. Argelia Lorence, professor of metabolic engineering, with its Established Investigator of the Year Award for 2017. Recently named as one of the inaugural Vaughn Professors, Lorence is developing methods for predicting an organism's phenotype from its genes and its environment. Lorence is credited with being the first researcher to bring a plant-phenotyping robot to a U.S. university.

Beth Hood Nov 2017

Hood is Serving on Science Board in Spain

Dr. Elizabeth Hood, Lipscomb Distinguished Professor of Agriculture, is on the scientific advisory board for a Gates Foundation-funded project in Spain. The principal investigator from the University of Madrid and his team are determining the feasibility of producing nitrogen in the roots of the target plant, corn. Hood was invited to serve on the board, which meets annually, because of her expertise in corn transformation.

ABI Summer Intern Program- Seeking Mentors

ABI is sponsoring the ABI Summer Internship Program.  This program is to provide basic support for Arkansas State University undergraduate students to enhance their academic experience by providing them with opportunities to participate in hands-on research and creative work with faculty and staff - in the sciences, engineering, professional programs, arts, humanities, or the social sciences (not limited to the sciences).   Projects must be consistent with the ABI Mission Statement: to improve the health of Arkansans through new and expanded agricultural and medical research initiatives.  Interns will be required to present on their experiences and findings of this project in early Fall to the A-State community.

If you wish to be considered for participation in this program as a mentor, please provide the following to Hope Phillips at hopep@astate.edu by the end of Thursday, March 29:

1.) a short paragraph describing the research/work the student would be doing;

2.) some description of what the intern would learn and experience if they choose to work with you this summer;

3.) details of how your research/project/creative work adheres to the ABI Mission Statement.

Please make sure that these descriptions are easily understood by inexperienced students.  This information will be made available along with the applications.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Minimum Intern Qualifications

♦ Must have completed at least 30 credit hours as of May 15 but will not complete an undergraduate degree prior to December 2018 at Arkansas State University.

♦ Selection criteria will be based upon academic credentials and the compatibility of student and mentor research interests.

Students will provide their top two (2) preferred mentors on the application.  There will be a review process and applicants may be contacted for an interview.  No guarantee, if internship is awarded, that the first preferred mentor will be the one assigned.  Intern could begin as early as May 14.

The amount of each internship is $2,500*, for which each student will be required to work twenty (20) hours per week for ten (10) weeks.  Each mentor will be provided up to $500 to be used for supplies for the intern’s project.  Students will be notified no later than April 30.  

Mission Statement

The mission of the ABI is to improve the health of Arkansans through new and expanded agricultural and medical research initiatives.

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