Research and Extension Experience for Undergraduates

Research and Extension Experience for Undergraduates

Modern Tools and Technologies for Food & Agriculture Production

The program provides opportunities for research and outreach activities for undergraduate students in the area of innovative and modern technologies for agricultural production, food safety and security, in addition to providing opportunities for professional skills development in communication, and ethics.

Program Overview

• Participants perform research/outreach projects with graduate students under the mentorship of a professor.
• Participate in seminars, workshops, career counseling and professional development opportunities in STEM.
• Participants are matched with the professors based on student interests and faculty research projects.

Program Site and City Information

The program site is the University of Georgia, in Athens, which is located 75 miles northeast of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Athens is a vibrant college town, known for its music and culture, as well as its warm, summer weather.

Research Areas

Click on project titles for details

Rapid Detection Technologies and Biosensors for Food Pathogen Detection
Dr. Ramaraja Ramasamy

Development of Cellulose Based Coatings for Corrosion and Microbial Resistance
Dr. Ramaraja Ramasamy

Renewable Energy Systems for Controlled Environment Agriculture
Dr. Jin Ye

Improved Cacao Fermentation for Ultra-Premium Chocolate
Dr. Jose Reyes

Stabilization of Enzymes at High Hydrostatic Pressure
Dr. Jose Reyes

Build a sensor web for monitoring poultry house
Dr. Wenzhan Song

Augmented Reality Visualization of Point Cloud Datasets
Dr. Kyle Johnsen

Development of antimicrobial treatments to inhibit mold growth in foods
Dr. Francisco Diez-Gonzalez

Pandemic Contingency Disclosure

As of this announcement date, the University of Georgia has plans to keep the campus open for summer research and will follow recommendations and advice of CDC and GA DPH. If a decision was made to close the campus for in-person research, the program may be converted into a virtual program or get cancelled.

Key Dates

Pre-application Due: March 26, 2021
►Pre-application form (PDF)

Full Application Due: April 10, 2021
See details below

Notification Date: April 30, 2021

Program Dates:  June 1, 2021 – July 31,2021

Logistics and Financial Support

  • Stipend: $3000 total for the full program period
  • Housing : $500 total (for external participants)
  • Travel : $500 total (for external participants)


  • Sophomore or Junior in 4-year STEM program
  • Cumulative GPA > 3.0
  • U.S. Citizen/National or U.S. Permanent Resident


Step 1: Pre-application (Due March 26, 2021)

Applicants must express interest by submitting a pre-application (download here) before March 26, 2021 to this email:

Step 2: Full application (Due April 10, 2021

The FULL APPLICATION can be found here. Full applications are due by April 10, 2021 and must include the following:

  1. Completed web application (link above)
  2. Transcript of STEM major (web upload)
  3. Recent CV/resume (web upload)
  4. One - two recommendation letters (web upload)
  5. Statement of interest 400-500 words  (web upload)

Questions? please email: