The Ohio State University Agronomic Crops Team is continuing a new summer program in 2016 aimed at providing a rich training experience to undergraduate students in a diversity of disciplines related to agronomic crop research. These Agronomic Crop Research Experience (ACRE) Interns will support OSU on-farm research, by being placed in strategic locations or hubs of research throughout the state. They will work to help facilitate better integration of research, education and outreach overall.
Specifically, the ACREs program strives to:
Ø Provide valuable, hands-on training to undergraduate students in a variety of agronomic crops disciplines to prepare them for careers in extension, research or industry
Ø Provide a network of research assistants to help collect data from on-farm field trials throughout the state, more effectively expanding on-farm research capabilities
Ø Enable greater independent research initiatives by county educators
The primary responsibilities of the ACRE interns will be to assist with crop scouting, sample collection, field data collection, laboratory analysis, data entry, field plot maintenance and crop reporting. Other activities related to research, extension and outreach are also likely, including administrative and clerical work. ACREs interns will form a cohort and will meet semi-regularly for trainings and to discuss the work they completed and any challenges faced. These trainings will happen at different locations throughout the state.
The 2016 ACRE location hubs are listed below. Note that there is an office location listed for each hub, but this location may be flexible and an intern could be based at another OSU extension office within that hub.
1. Fulton, Defiance, Williams and Paulding Counties, main office likely in Wauseon
2. Wood County, main office likely in Bowling Green
3. Trumbull, Ashtabula, Geauga and Mahoning Counties, main office likely in Cortland
4. Darke, Miami, Mercer and Auglaize Counties, main office likely in Greenville
5. Madison, Champaign and Fayette Counties, main office likely in London
6. Ross County, main office likely in Chillicothe
7. Knox, Delaware, Morrow and Licking Counties, main office likely in Mt Vernon
8. Wayne and Tuscarawas Counties, main office likely in Wooster
The ACRE program will last approximately 12-14 weeks. A mandatory, 2 day training will be held in Wooster, on May 11-12th and the program will finish around Aug 12th – 19th, 2016. Interested students should be 1) currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, 2) just finishing their undergraduate degree this semester, or 3) planning on starting graduate school this fall. Applicants must be able to work independently. They should be professionally motivated to help farmers make research-based management decisions. Students must have a valid driver’s license, a reliable personal vehicle and must be willing to travel extensively over the duration of the summer. All mileage will be reimbursed at the standard University rate ($0.54 per mile). These internships are paid, full-time positions that will last for 12-14 weeks. Pay will be $11 per hour at 38 hours per week. There should be some flexibility for taking vacation depending on student interest, workload and county educator need. Applications should be submitted by January 29th 2016 as a single pdf file to Steve Culman at culman.2.