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$25,000 Innovation Award from Wilbur-Ellis

Applications due May 31; bonus points for early bird submissions

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Wilbur-Ellis marked its 100th anniversary in 2021 by launching the “Wilbur-Ellis Innovation Award.” Now in its second year, the 2023 Innovation Award invites student teams from colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada to propose new and better approaches for providing food for more people – a critical imperative, since the world population is expected to increase by 2 billion people by 2050. 

There is a $25,000 top prize, and up to four teams may receive $5,000 honorable mentions.

Learn more here!

CNS Student Ambassador Program

Applications will open in August of 2023

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The College of Natural Sciences Student Ambassadors represent a variety of majors in Biology, Chemistry, Geography, and Physics! They assist with recruitment events including Senior Day, Junior Day, and middle school academic career fairs. They're also active in local communities through outreach events including One Day for State, Hobo Day, Washington Pavilion events, and K-12 science classroom visits. This is a paid position and applications for the Fall 2023 - Spring 2024 school year will open in August!

Advanced Short-Term Research Opportunity (ASTRO)

Applications accepted year-round

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The Oak Ridge National Laboratory Advanced Short-Term Research Opportunity Program is a highly selective program offering challenging short-term research opportunities to current graduate students in Master’s or Doctoral degree programs or those holding recent Master’s degrees. ASTRO participants conduct research in areas that support ORNL missions in the basic and applied sciences, energy, and environment. Appointments are available in all current research and development programs at the Laboratory.

Apply here and learn more!

Local Partners Offering Full-time Employment

Prairie AquaTech

Located near Brookings, SD

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Prairie AquaTech produces powerful plant-based nutritional ingredients and helps innovators bring their agriculture and aquaculture products to market. The company is growing and often has open positions, plus they have strong ties to SDSU and want to hire our graduates, so keep an eye on their website for job openings!

Past examples include:

  • Senior Fermentation Scientist
  • Research & Development Analytical Chemist
  • Industrial Microbiologist

Click here to see current job openings and apply! 


Many locations around the Midwest


POET is the world's largest producer of biofuel and a global leader in sustainable bioproducts. They are headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with 33 bioprocessing facilities across eight states and more than 2,200 team members. Their integrated business model combines research and development with expertise in design and construction, technology, operations, public affairs, and marketing.

They often have laboratory tech and research positions open around the area. Click here to see current job openings!