For More Information
Contact Karen Fluckiger: (435) 797-2753;

Biotechnology training and student education provides programs and technical support for researchers, educators, and students of all ages. Participants come to our center to gain new insights and knowledge in theory and the newest laboratory practices under the guidance of our experienced professional research scientists.

CIB/ADVS Fall Semester Seminar Series

The Center for Integrated BioSystems and the Department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Science invite you to participate in our fall seminar series. Seminars take place on Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. in the Merrill-Cazier Library, room 154 unless otherwise announced. Lunch will be provided.

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High School

Biotechnology Summer Academy

Biotechnology Summer Academy exposes high school students to the numerous career opportunities available in biotechnology. Students are mentored by USU faculty who work in various disciplines. The week’s activities include communication workshops, lectures and demonstrations, laboratory training, field trips, mentoring and research.

The program is an intensive five-day internship involving a biotechnology-related project. Faculty from several departments at Utah State University volunteer their time, talents and labs to teach students and involve them in current research.

When will it take place? July 10-14, 2023.

How do I apply? An application form can be found in the program brochure and online.

Who should attend? High school freshman through seniors interested in bioscience, medicine and engineering.

Where is it held? The five-day program is held on the campus of Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

What does it cost? The fee is $300.00 and includes five days of room and board. Travel to and from the University is the student’s responsibility.

What will I gain? Experience and exposure to real-world issues in biotechnology. Students explore everything from plants, soils, food, nutrition, animal and veterinary sciences, to current topics in genomics and cloning.

Program Brochure

Online Application


The Center for Integrated BioSystems is happy to open its doors for tours to high school classes during regular business hours. Presentations are tailored to fit the needs and educational level of the students.

Why high school students and their teachers should tour the CIB?

  • See the latest equipment and instrumentation utilized in biotechnology research.
  • Hear from experts recent developments in the field of biotechnology and life sciences.
  • Learn what research activities are being conducted in the CIB and life sciences community at USU.
  • Learn about career opportunities available to graduates in life sciences.
  • Experience a research lab environment and see life science professionals at work.
  • Learn how a biotechnology product goes from a research idea to commercialization.

Questions? Schedule a Tour?
Contact Karen Fluckiger: (435) 797-2753;

Summer Undergraduate Agricultural Biotechnology Research Experience

For More Information
Contact Dr. Aaron Thomas:
SURE 2023 Brochure

Are you interested in biological/agricultural research? Are you looking for an enriching and potentially life-changing experience this summer? If so, the Summer Undergraduate Agricultural Biotechnology Research Experience (SURE) program at Utah State University may be perfect for you.

Research Opportunities
Biotechnology is an exciting field of work with many fascinating career opportunities. With biotechnology you can:
  • Create better varieties of crops
  • Develop new biofuels
  • Create animal models to study human disease
  • Improve nutrition and health
  • Many other exciting possibilities
At Utah State University, researchers are working on these and many other projects.

The SURE program at USU summer internship program that will place you in a research laboratory with a faculty mentor where you will gain first-hand experience in scientific research. You will work on a real research project where you will learn laboratory techniques, how to interpret data, how to apply scientific principles to answer questions, and how to present your data to others. In addition to the lab experience, there will be weekly seminars to teach skills relevant to scientific research such as lab safety, science communication, research ethics, critical reading of scientific publications, potential careers in agricultural research and biotechnology, and data management. 

On-campus housing is provided where you will live with other participants in the program who share common interests. You will also work daily with professional researchers and graduate students. There will be occasional recreational and educational field trips. Participants will also receive a $4100 stipend for the summer. 

The SURE program is for students who come from institutions where there is little or no opportunity to gain research experience. We currently have recruiting collaborators at USU Eastern-Blanding, USU Eastern-Price, Snow College, Dine College, Salt Lake Community College, College of Southern Idaho, and Fort Valley State University. If you are at one of these institutions and do not know who is your recruiting collaborator, email Dr. Aaron Thomas ( to find out. If you come from another institution and wish to apply, email Dr. Thomas to discuss your eligibility. 

Participants will be selected based on academic achievement, career goals, and scientific interest. Applications are due March 1, 2023, and participants will be selected by March 8, 2023. The program will run May 22 through August 3, 2023.

Faculty Interested in Sponsoring Students

Name Department Interests
Abby Benninghoff Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Toxicology, cancer and gene regulation
Chris Davies Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Immunogenetics and reproductive immunology
S. Clay Isom Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Genomics and epigenomics of early embryo development
Young-Min Lee Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Virology and vaccine development
Jeff Mason Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Reproductive aging and orthopedic disease
Ralph Meyer Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Environmental reproductive toxicology
Mirella Meyer-Ficca Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Environmental toxicology, offspring health & reproductive potential
Irina Polejaeva Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Large animal transgenic models, animal cloning
Heloisa Rutigliano Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Immunogenetics and reproductive immunology
Kara Thornton-Kurth Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Nutrition and growth physiology
Zhongde Wang Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Genome engineering, epigenetics an stem cells
Shawn Zimmerman Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Infectious diseases and animal models of disease
Rakesh Kaundal Plants, Soils, and Climate Bioinformatics
Amita Kaundal Plants, Soils, and Climate Tannins in plant species
Jennifer MacAdam Plants, Soils, and Climate Plant stress response
Jeanette Norton Plants, Soils, and Climate Soil microbiology and molecular ecology
Youping Sun Plants, Soils, and Climate Water conservation in landscaping
Korry Hintze Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science Nutrition and chronic disease
Silvana Martini Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science Sensory characteristics of foods
Robert Ward Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science Food chemistry and bioactive nutrients
David Britt Biological Engineering Nanoparticle interactions with beneficial microbes and plants for agricultural applications
Shaun Bushman USDA Stress tolerance in rangeland grasses
Diana Cox-Foster USDA Pollinating insect biology
Zane Davis USDA Plant toxicology
Steven Larson USDA Plant genetic diversity and gene discovery