Modern Tools and Technologies for Food & Agriculture Production

The summer REEU program is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in research, extension and outreach projects that focus on innovative tools and modern technologies for agricultural and food production. Students will also get opportunities for professional skills development in communication, leadership, ethics, team work and organization

Program Overview

  • Participants perform research, or outreach projects under the mentorship of a professor at UGA
  • Participate in seminars, career counseling and professional development workshops.
  • Students are matched with the professors based on research projects and interests.

Program Site and City Information

The program site is the University of Georgia, both in the main campus at Athens, and in the Griffin Campus. Athens is 75 miles northeast of Atlanta airport. Athens is a vibrant college town, known for its music and culture, and its warm summer weather. Griffin is located about 30 miles south of Atlanta airport.

Research Areas

 

https://engineering.uga.edu/wp-content/uploads/Projects-Dr.-Rhuanito-Ferrarezi.pdf

 

https://engineering.uga.edu/wp-content/uploads/Projects-Dr.-Kenan-Song.pdf

Research Supervisor & Department

Student Background and Degree Major

Research Project Title

Location

Dr. Ramaraja Ramasamy
Chemical & Biological Engineering

Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biological Engineering

Rapid detection technologies (biosensors) for food pathogen detection.

Athens Campus

Dr. Kyle Johnsen
Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering, Computer Science

Augmented reality visualization of point cloud datasets.

Athens Campus

Dr. Guoyu Lu
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering

3D modeling and phenotyping of plants based on mobile phone images.

Athens Campus

Dr. Guoyu Lu
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering

UAV-based crop field modeling and yield prediction.

Athens Campus

Dr. Kenan Song
Agricultural & Mechanical Engineering

Manufacturing or Agricultural Monitoring Systems

Developing 3D printed multi-model actuators for seeds distribution.

Athens Campus

Dr. WenZhan Song
Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering, Computer Science

Build a sensor web for monitoring poultry house.

Athens Campus

Dr. Jin Ye
Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering

Renewable energy systems for controlled environment agriculture.

Athens Campus

Dr. Leonardo Bastos
Crop & Soil Science

Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Computer Science, Data Science

Georgia cotton variety recommender: a producer-oriented dashboard online tool.

Athens Campus

Dr. Leonardo Bastos
Crop & Soil Science

Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Computer Science, Data Science

State-wide weather data interpolation for digital agriculture applications.

Athens Campus

Dr. Rhuanito Ferrarezi
Horticulture

Biochemistry, Horticulture, Agronomy, Ag Engineering, and other related fields

Utilizing vertical farms to produce plant-based biopharmaceuticals.

Athens Campus

Dr. Malak Esseili
Food Science and Technology

Food Science, Microbiology, Virology, Molecular Biology

Development of low-cost filtration systems for waterborne viruses.

Griffin Campus

Dr. Malak Esseili
Food Science and Technology

Food Science, Microbiology, Virology, Molecular Biology

Identification of natural inhibitors for foodborne viruses.

Griffin Campus

Dr. Govindaraj Devkuma
Food Science and Technology

Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Plant Science, Food Science

Survey of peach packing houses for microbial contamination.

Griffin Campus

Dr. Francisco Diez-Gonzalez
Food Science and Technology

Microbiology, Biochemistry, Food Science

Development of anti-microbial treatments to inhibit mold growth in food.

Griffin Campus

Key Dates

Full Application Due: March 30, 2024

Notification Date: April 10, 2024

Program Dates: May 26 – July 26, 2024

Financial Support

  • Stipend: $3000 total for the program period
  • Housing: $1000 total housing allowance or free on-campus housing (for external participants)
  • Meals: $500 total for the program period
  • Travel: $500 total (for external participants only)

Eligibility

  • Sophomore or Junior in 4-year STEM degree
  • Cumulative GPA > 3.0
  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident

Application

Full application (Due March 30, 2024)

The FULL APPLICATION can be found here. Full applications are due by March 30, 2024 and must include the following:

  1. Completed web application (link above)
  2. Transcript of STEM major (PDF upload)
  3. Recent CV/resume (PDF upload)
  4. Two recommendation letters (PDF upload)
  5. Statement of interest 400-500 words (PDF upload)

Questions? please email: engr-reeu@uga.edu


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