Internship Position Descriptions

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Below are position descriptions for our Summer 2015

USDA 1: United States Department of Agriculture

Site Supervisor: Dr. H.N. Cheng

Address: 1100 Robert E. Lee Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70124

Positions Available: 1

Description: Laboratory/research internship. There will be one scientist and one technician in the lab. The intern will be working closely with these two people on the projects. Unpaid internship for college credit.

Potential Projects:
1.  Study the rheology (flow properties) of polymer solutions
2.  Study new adhesives and their strengths

Skills/Experience Needed: Hardworking, reliable. Good lab skills. Knowledge of Excel spreadsheet and calculations is useful.

Start Date: May 2015
End Date: Negotiable

Hours Per Week: 20+ hours

Required Courses: CHEM 1017/1007, CHEM 1018/1008, CHEM 2217/2017. Intern should also have sophomore standing or above, minimum 30 completed credit hours.

USDA 2: United States Department of Agriculture

Site Supervisor: Dr. Gillian Eggleston

Address: 1100 Robert E. Lee Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70124

Positions Available: 2

Description: Our project is two-fold. 1) we  investigate and troubleshoot sugar manufacturing and refining issues for the LA industry and 2) we are devleoping a biofuels/bioproducts industry using sweet sorghum as a feedstock. Interns in our lab will be responsible for taking ownership of their projects while working independently and efficiently. All research conducted herein is aimed for publication, so there is the possibility of co-authorships. We are seeking someone for the summer; however, interested students may be able to work through the academic year if funding is available. Unpaid internship for college credit.

Potential Projects: There are many on-going projects to which the intern can participate. For the LA sugarcane industry, the student can 1) compare the present factory methods used to quantify starch in raw sugars to the newly developed USDA starch research method and develop a new factory method based on the research method and 2) evaluate the affects of starch on raw sugar crystallinity using X-ray diffraction. For the sweet sorghum study, they can 1) extract, and purify sweet sorghum starch from grain and hydrolyze it with custom cocktail of commercial enzyme and 2) analyze the physical properties of sweet sorghum starch. There are other small projects in the lab that the student can help with.

Skills/Experience Needed: Organized, efficient, and flexible. Strong communication skills and enthusiasm are always a bonus. Prior laboratory experience (solution making, pH, pipetting, absorbance, multichannel pipet, etc.) are recommended.

Start Date: June 2015
End Date: August 2015

Hours Per Week: 40 hours

Required Courses: CHEM 1017/1007, CHEM 1018/1008, CHEM 2217/2017. Intern should also have sophomore standing or above, minimum 30 completed credit hours.

Sugar Processing Research Institute, Inc.

Site Supervisor: Dr. Marianne McKee

Address: 1100 Robert E. Lee Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70124

Positions Available: 1

Description: Position is available in a sugar chemistry laboratory (located at the USDA Southern Regional Research Center) as a biological or chemical technician, working on sugarcane and/or sugarbeet processing problems.  Technician will conduct routine laboratory work as well as analyze samples using various laboratory instruments.  Techniques used include enzymatic, spectrophotometric, and chromatographic methods.  Position can have flexible hours and we will work with class schedules in determining work hours. Unpaid internship for college credit.

Skills/Experience Needed: Prior laboratory experience is required.

Start Date: June 2015
End Date: August 2015

Hours Per Week: 10+ hours

Required Courses: CHEM 1017/1007, CHEM 1018/1008, CHEM 2217/2017, CHEM 2117, CHEM 2025. Intern should also have junior standing or above, minimum 60 completed credit hours.