Pigs, Poultry, the Planet and Data-Driven Problem-Solving (nicknamed “P4”) is a USDA NIFA-funded Research and Extension Experience for Undergraduates summer fellowship program. The P4 program is designed to develop the next generation of data-savvy food animal production professionals, extension associates, and researchers. P4 fellows learn how to apply data-driven analytics and problem-solving to address issues surrounding global intensification of poultry and swine production. The program takes place at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, in partnership with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
P4 fellows will:
This work is supported by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Educational Literacy Initiative’s Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates grant program (grant no. 2019-67032-29074/project accession no. 1018043) from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Eligibility: Enrolled undergraduate students of sophomore or junior standing are eligible to apply. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to receive funding, but self-funded non-U.S. citizens are welcome to apply. Interests in food animal production and data science are required; prior experience is not. Some background in statistics (e.g. completion of an introductory statistics course) is preferred, but not required. Students who do not have current passports will be expected to apply for one immediately after receiving notice of acceptance into the program.
Schedule: The program spans 11 weeks and begins the week after Memorial Day. In 2019, the program will occur from May 28 - August 11; the trip to China takes place during the final two weeks of the program.
Compensation: Fellows will receive a $5,280 stipend, on-campus housing, travel to China, and financial support to attend a national conference. Financial assistance to support travel to/from home institutions to NC State is available.
Housing: Fellows will stay in the Wolf Village Apartments on NC State’s campus in Raleigh, NC. Each fellow will have his or her own room and shared bathrooms. Fellows will have access to on-campus facilities and resources including the Wolfline Bus system.
Applications are due by 11:59 PM on March 1, 2019. Complete applications include all of the following materials:
Applications that remain incomplete by the deadline may not be reviewed.
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. Ralph Noble, 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
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] ncsu.edu