General Information

Who do I contact if I have a question?

You may contact project principal investigators or the support staff at UPRM (see Contact)

What is the relationship between the grant source, TAMUK and UPRM?

This project is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture National Institutes of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) to Texas A&M University Kingsville (TAMUK) which functions as the lead grant recipient. The University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez (UPRM), and other universities (FIU, UTEP) are collaborative institutions.

What is the duration of the grant?

The duration of the grant to D. Sotomayor and G. Martínez is 2016 to 2020 (four years)


I do not have a 3.0 GPA, can I still apply?

Yes, you may apply but preference will be given to those with the highest GPAs

I am a sophomore, and will have completed three semesters of university studies and completed 62 credits by May of 2020, can I apply?

Yes, that is the right type of student that we would like to target.  That way the student can participate during summer 2019 and complete graduation eligibility by May 2020.

I am a Junior and will have completed five semesters of university studies and completed more more than 60 credits by May 2020, can I still apply?

Yes, but preference will be given to those students that can be enrolled for two consecutive summers prior to graduation.

I only want to participate for only one summer?

Yes, you may apply.  The original intent was for students to be able to participate for two summers, but given the high demand preference will be given to students whom have not had a summer internship opportunity.

I am not a student in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, am I eligible?

Yes, you are eligible, but if selected you must have completed the course AGRO 3011 Fundamentals of Soil Science or CFIT 3005 Fundamentals of Crop Production.

Do I have to contact the USDA or partnering industry agency for the summer internship?

No.  This will be managed by the PIs in coordination with the interests of the selected student.

Application Process

How do I apply?

The application can only be completed online.  The required information should be available here.  If you have any questions, please contact the Project PIs.

When does the application close?

STARTNOW application closes Friday, January 31, 2020!

How important is my transcripts to my application?

Very important.  It shows your academic performance in classes you have been enrolled.  You can submit an unofficial transcript.  When the award is issued the participants will be asked to submit an official transcript.

What happens after I submit my application?

The application will be evaluated by the project PIs and make a decision based on your academic background, professional interests, personal statement and GPA.

Terms of appointment

Is housing or lodging provided for the Research-based or Professional-based internships ?

No.  Lodging will be provided only in the 15-day SOLTIS camp and in the Soils Judging Competition.

What medical insurance will I be covered?

You will be covered with the UPRM student medical insurance.  The project can provide supplementary insurance if needed.

I want to take some days off for vacation during the internship, can I do this?

No, you are required to work a full, continuous eight weeks. Any health related absences will have to be coordinated with the supervisor in the agency, industry or laboratory where you are carrying out your internship.

How many hours do I have to work during my internship?

Participants are required to work 5 days a week, 40 hours per week, over an 8-week period, or as required by the hosting agency.

Outside of the actual internship, are there any other mandatory activities that the interns have to participate in?

Yes, you are required to provide a written summary of your summer activities and present a seminar to your peers.  You must also participate in coordinated workshops throughout the year.

Privacy statement

UPRM adheres to principles and statutes detailed in the Undergraduate Academic Handbook 2015-2016 (p. 7 and 8) regarding Privacy of Educational Records, Equal Opportunity, Persons with Disabilities, Protection of Human Subjects in Research, Intellectual and Scientific Misconduct, Sexual Harassment, Smoking, and Drugs.

All of the students’ information will be handled according to the University Policy regarding Privacy of Educational Records (p. 7).  Students will not be excluded or denied participation by reason of age, race, sex, color, place of birth, social origin or condition, physical or mental handicap, political or religious belief, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual preference, ethnic origin, or status of veteran of the armed forces. Any applicant who feels discriminated against for any of the reasons cited above may file a complaint in writing with the Dean of Academic Affairs.

UPRM is committed to promote a safe atmosphere for disabled students where they will have access to all academic programs, support services, social events, and physical facilities.

Regulations specified in Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act (1973) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 1980, establish norms and procedures which guarantee handicapped persons’ equal access to programs and services.  Any request for accommodation due to disability must be managed in accordance with the Coordinator of Services to Handicapped Students.

This project has received Except Status by the Internal Review Board (Office for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research). Questions may be directed to cpshirum@uprm.edu.


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