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Minimum GPA: 2.75

Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2021


Jessica Hawkey

Cornell Affiliations:

Agriculture and Life Sciences


Opportunity Description

Note: CALS Global Fellows internship opportunities will be remote for the summer 2021 experience. This is our second year of connecting our students globally, remotely. Students can anticipate a remote opportunity that engages them with partners abroad, while adding a unique experience to their resume. GFP remains focused on its mission of global connectivity. If you are unsure if a remote internship is the right fit for you, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with the CALS Global Fellows advisor prior to submitting an application.

The CALS Global Fellows Program supports CALS undergraduate students from any major in pursuit of challenging, professionally-focused summer internships and research placements that enhance and complement their career goals and academic progress, while enriching their undergraduate experience with diverse cultural and international immersion. Through key partnerships, the Global Fellows Program provides a platform for students to make positive and definable contributions to global organizations and communities.

Acceptance to the program is competitive and a limited number of students are selected each year. Selected Fellows receive a stipend to offset major expenses.

The program includes three required parts: a pre-engagement course the second half of Spring semester (ALS 2300 1 credit, S/U), a continuous 7-8 week internship or research placement in an international setting, and a post-engagement course in Fall semester (ALS 2301 1 credit, S/U).  

Suggested majors and/or professional interests: Environment and Sustainability, Global and Public Health, Animal Science, Biological Sciences, Biology and Society, Environmental Engineering, and Plant Sciences.

USFQ Information Session:

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Placement Opportunities

CALS partners with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), a long time Cornell collaborator, to offer a set of unique research positions each summer. USFQ seeks to educate freethinking, innovative, creative, entrepreneurial individuals within the framework of the Liberal Arts and under its foundational principles.

  • Novel tumor elimination approach through activating Hippo signaling and mitochondria dynamics: (3 placements for mitochondria research between two projects) - The fellow will receive advanced cell culture training and in vivo experimentation. Independent lab research, as well as working in a team environment. Since 2015, Andrés Caicedo's team has worked to answer the question "Can we make normal cells more fit than cancer in order to fight the disease?" using the MitoCeption technique - transferring mitochondria from healthy to damaged cells in order to restore functions. Located in the School of Medicine, Biomedical Discovery. 
    • Preferred qualifications: Basic knowledge of cell culture, biology and metabolism desired, as well as previous lab experience. 
  • Use of Mitochondria as a therapeutic agent to improve the healing process of surgical wounds: (3 placements for mitochondria research between two projects) - This projects works to transfer mitochondria from healthy to damaged cells in order to restore their functions by examining the regenerative process by immunohistochemistry and molecular biology. Led by team leader, Andrés Caicedo. Fellows will received advanced training in vivo experimentation. Located in the School of Medicine, Biomedical Discovery.
    • Preferred Qualifications: Basic knowledge of cell culture, biology and metabolism desired, as well as previous lab experience. 
  • Distribution of plant functional traits along elevational gradients in the high Andes of Ecuador: (1 placements) Students will conduct a supervised research project looking into the distribution of selected plant functional traits of plant species along an elevational gradient in the high-Andes of Ecuador. Working along an elevational gradient that straddles across the current upper limit of plant growth, students will explore what functional groups allow plants to expand their distribution along successional fronts. Students will be fully involved in the design of the sampling protocols, field and laboratory work, and analysis and interpretation of the data. 
    • Preferred Qualifications: In addition to applicable skills, applicants must enjoy the outdoors and be willing and able to sometimes work under difficult weather conditions.
  •  A Meta-Analytics review of how consumers cope with boredom: (1 placement) - Through a meta-analysis, this research project aims to find evidence of how consumers cope with boredom. Boredom is natural and common feeling that individuals face. Boredom is defined as a negative emotion; however, its consequences not necessarily lead to negative reactions. For example, boredom is an antecedent of creativity and innovation. The idea of this project is to code literature of boredom in the marketing domain, and observe not only its consequences but also methods that consumers use to cope with it that are relevant to marketers.
    • Preferred Qualifications: Strong motivation and curiosity about the topic: boredom. 1 student in 2nd or 3rd year of studies; preferably majoring in marketing. Skills in literature review, use of search engines (Google Scholar, Ebsco, and Proquest) are also desirable.
  • Leptospirosis in pigs: a systematic review: (2 placements) - Leptospirosis impacts animal production and is responsible for important economic losses in the pig industry. Infection is associated with reproductive failures that lead to abortions, stillbirth, and perinatal mortality. Unfortunately, information that is usually cited about pig leptospirosis is biased towards infection in technified farms from developed countries, where exposure is usually limited to host-specific serotypes. We have been studying leptospirosis epidemiology in rural settings of Ecuador during the last 10 years. We are currently searching for a student that would like to learn about this zoonotic disease by getting involved in the analysis and writing of a systematic review about leptospirosis in pigs. The aim of this study is to compile all the information available about pig leptospirosis. We will perform a systematic review that includes data from developed and undeveloped countries, and from technified and non-technified farms, in order to identify knowledge gaps and future directions that help to understand leptospirosis in pigs.
    • Preferred Qualifications: Students of 3rd year are needed to collaborate in a systematic review about Leptospirosis and Pigs. The first and second phase (literature search, title and abstract selection, as well as data extraction of selected manuscripts) have been performed in the last 9 months. For the third phase we need two students that are wishing to learn about systematic reviews. Students will participate in the analysis of data, and in writing the first draft of the manuscript.
  • Human genetics (placements 2): Literature review and clinical practice in clinical or 2populational genetics
    • Preferred Qualifications:  Juniors majoring in Biological Sciences or concentrating in pre-med with specific interest in genetics. Must have research and lab experience. 

About Ecuador

Ecuador, named after the Equator is located in South America. Quito is the capital city and considered the highest capital city in the world at 2,850 meters above sea level. The Galapagos Islands, the location Charles Darwin based is Theory of Evolution on, is located in Ecuador. Quito and The Galapagos are the two first World Heritage Sites in the world. Although Spanish is the official language, there are 13 recognized Indigenous languages also spoken. Ecuador offers an opportunity to learn about local culture while researching in diverse environments.


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