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Andrew Leakey's Laboratory

Undergraduate Opportunities

Undergraduate and High School Student Opportunities

We are lucky to work with a lot of talented and hardworking undergraduates and high school students doing research during the semester or summer periods.

Systems Biology for Sustainable Food and Energy Fellows

Applications are welcomed from students in any year, and at any institution, who have an interest in plant physiology, crop phenotyping, genetics, genomics, biochemistry, image analysis, statistics or associated fields.

10-14 week, full-time projects on maize, sorghum & setaria

5 fellowships paid @ $480 per week

March 1, 2018 deadline: submit a brief CV, statement of interest, and names of 2 teachers/professors that can provide letters of reference to

We also have an excellent track record of mentoring students with fellowships from the following programs:

American Society of Plant Biologists Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Department of Energy Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)


UIUC students can also earn academic credit for research through the following rubrics:

Independent Research Project in Integrative Biology (IB 390 & 490)

Independent Research Project in Crop Sciences (CPSC 295 & 396)


Interested individuals should contact Dr. Leakey