Welcome to the SoyMap Summer Research Program (SSRP) 2016. Here you will learn About the SoyMap Summer Project, our Program Goals as well as Funding and Support for program participants. Finally, please read through our Student Testimonials to get a better feel of our program from a students perspective.

The SoyMap Summer Research Program:

Although soybean is one of the US's major crops, genomics research has lagged behind other major crops such as corn. To begin to understand the orginization of the soybean genome and to prepare soybean for genome sequencing, SoyMap will create a physical map integrated with the available genetic map. A physical map is the basic building block used to clone important agricultural genes and to sequence segment of genomes or entire genomes. In addition to development of an integrated genetic-physical map, DNA sequencing will be done to assess the micro-structure of the soybean genome at several locations. The soybean genome is highly duplicated; that is, any particular region may be present multiple times which complicates genome mapping and sequencing. We will target and sequence the duplicated regions to ascertain the level of conservation between duplicated regions and to determine how to overcome the difficulty posted by duplications within the genome. This project combines the strengths of researchers at The University of Georgia and USDA-ARS/Iowa State University.

Program Goals:

The ultimate goal of our Summer Research Program is to increase the number of under-represented students who are considering higher education and aid in their preparation by offering opportunities to participate in an eight week summer research internship in plant epigenetics, genomics, molecular biology and/or bioinformatics at one of five research institutions.

Funding and Support for Students:

The SoyMap Summer Research Program will provide students with the essentials to survive the summer:

  • Living Stipend for food and other necessities in the amount of $4500
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Opportunity to attend and present poster or oral presentation at a national conference

Student Testimonials:

Please have a look at what our project alumni have said about their summer research experiences.

"I was able to learn a lot inside the lab and outside of it as well. I enjoyed getting hands on experience and being able to practice what I have been studying since I was a kid. Another great thing from my experience was that my matriculation wasn't limited to the lab work I was conducting, but also included visits to other labs where I was able to see various other lab techniques in progress (e.g. DNA sequencing) and discussions with members of Scott Jackson's team about their lab work, graduate school experiences, and thought processes for their chosen field of study."

"What I liked about my experience was the hands on work that made the knowledge I absorbed in the textbooks come to life. For example, I read about a PCR machine in my biology book and I got to work one in the lab. More importantly, I was allowed to get a feel for lab/research work and learn about the different components of a successful research team."

"I would like to thank you all for allowing me to take part in such a wonderful experience. It was an immensely illuminating time which allowed me not only to delve into the current genome technologies, but also to get a glimpse at all the innovative work that other research scientists were doing around the nation (at the convention).