The PINEMAP Undergraduate Fellowship Program 

COLLEGE STATION – University students from across the nation interested in forest science can come to Texas A&M University for a summer of hands-on research and, in turn, take their new knowledge and share it with middle and high school students.

 The exchange of information is all a part of an internship offered through the Pine Integrated Network: Education, Mitigation and Adaptation Project, known as PINEMAP, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The program is administered by Dr. John Seiler and John Kidd from Virginia Tech, who select undergraduate students and match them to graduate students from different participating universities across the southeastern U.S.

It’s a win-win situation, according to Dr. Jason Vogel, assistant professor in Texas A&M’s department of Ecosystem Science and Management and coordinator of the PINEMAP program in College Station.

“The graduate students receive help on their projects and the undergraduate receives a research experience and a generous stipend,” Vogel said.

The PINEMAP Undergraduate Fellowship Program is a collaborative effort among a number of universities: Texas A&M, University of Florida, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State University, Auburn University and the University of Georgia, as well as the U.S. Forest Service and the Texas A&M Forest Service.

In the first two years of the program, more than 17 undergraduate students have participated across the universities, and four of them have been at Texas A&M, Vogel said.

Undergraduates from across the southern U.S. can participate, and Texas A&M students can go to any of the participating universities, he said.

“Once they are selected, they come into a lab where forest science research is taking place and learn scientific methodology. This research, generated by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, is then disseminated to the general public through visits to middle

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu

Contact: Dr. Jason Vogel, 979-845-5580, Jason_vogel@tamu.edu