Seeds For The Future

Seeds, two pictures of fields and a microscope picture of a seed

Seeds for Agriculture and Restoration Research

The Seeds For The Future program is an immersive research experience funded by the USDA – NIFA Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU) Fellowship Program. Our intellectual focus will be on seeds and their microbes (pathogens and mutualists). We will investigate the roles of these seed symbionts on seed quality, seedling establishment, nutrient acquisition, drought resistance, and defense against pests and disease. We will explore this topic in one of the premier seed production regions in the world—the Inland Northwest of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. Students will interact with our local seed industry partners and will conduct cutting edge research that explores seed-microbe interactions with applications to agriculture and restoration ecology.  

Program Information:

  • The application is now closed.
  • Program Options: 8-week and 4-week internships available.
  • Program Provides: Stipends of $4000 for 8 weeks ($2000 for 4 weeks), meal allowance and on-campus housing.
  • Program Dates for 2022: 8-wk internship May 16-July 8, 2022 and 4-wk internship June 13 to July 8, 2022.

Photo credits: Dr. Julie Beckstead