Eligibility: Enrolled undergraduate students of sophomore or junior standing who are interested in food animal production and data science are eligible to apply. Students who will have graduated by May 2021 are not eligible to participate. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to receive funding.

Statistics prerequisites: Prior background in statistics (e.g. completion of an introductory statistics course) is required. Applicants should have understanding of the following statistical concepts prior to starting the program: random variables, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, and regression. If you need a refresher on these topics, we recommend the following resources (there are also many additional resources online):

Schedule: The program spans 9 weeks, from June 1 - July 30, 2021.

Compensation: Fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend. Financial assistance to support travel to/from home institutions to NC State for the tentatively-planned orientation will be provided.


DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications are due by 5:00 PM on February 19, 2021. The following applications materials should be submitted via the Application Form. The application includes optional questions on demographics, as well as a request for contact information for a professional reference. The reference should be a faculty member or professional who knows you through academic and/or professional interactions and can speak to your potential and career ambitions. Additionally, you will need to submit a single PDF with the name lastname_firstname.pdf that includes the following:

  • Statement of interest: The statement of interest should summarize your perspective on the use of data analytics in food animal production, motivation for applying to the program and career goals (short- and long-term). Limited to 1 single spaced page with 12-pt font and 1” margins. The most competitive applicants will have written a full page for the statement of interest.
  • Resume: Limited to 1 single spaced page with 12-pt Times New Roman font and 1” margins.
  • A 5-10 sentence response to the question: What is the statistical method you most enjoyed learning about and why?

Applications that remain incomplete by the deadline may not be reviewed.

Finalists will be interviewed via video call. We anticipate contacting finalists to schedule interviews during the first week of March, though this schedule is subject to change.


Dr. Praveen Kolar, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, NC State

Dr. Lingjuan Li, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, NC State

Dr. Natalie Nelson, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, NC State

Dr. Mulumebet Worku, Animal Sciences, NC A&T

Dr. Edgar Oviedo-Rondón, Prestage Department of Poultry Science, NC State

Dr. Mahmoud Sharara, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, NC State

Contact us

For questions about the Pigs, Poultry, the Planet, and Data-Driven Problem Solving summer fellowship program, contact Dr. Natalie Nelson via email at nnelson4 [at]