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:

  • Application form
  • Statement of interest (submitted via the application form). The statement of interest should summarize your motivation for applying to the program and career goals (short- and long-term). Limited to 1 page with 12-pt font and 1” margins.
  • Resume (submitted via the application form). Limited to 1 page with 12-pt font and 1” margins.
  • Contact information for a reference (submitted via the application form). 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.

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

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]