Feigenson Mudgal Internship Program
Feigenson Mudgal Internship Program (FMIP) is yet another partnership between the Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics at Cornell University, Gerald W Feigenson (Jerry) and his former student Mr. Samriddh Mudgal (Sam). The two met for the first time during the year of 2013 when Sam, in desperate need of guidance approached Jerry regarding his ongoing Master’s thesis research on stevia. A little skeptical about Sam’s hypothesis at first, Jerry asked Sam to perform experiments, which eventually yielded positive results. Excited by the outcome, the two worked together for the next two years to solve the problem at hand.
The experience of working together not only helped them build the much needed technical methods on the subject but also cultivated a sense of great admiration for each other’s personalities which laid the foundation of the great chemistry they share both inside and outside of a research laboratory.
On December 7, 2015, Sam visited Cornell and met Jerry for a dinner. The two entered into a deep conversation about society with a focus on how to equip young researchers with training and opportunities in a way that would fire up their motivation and encourage them to take up challenging problems. This discussion had a lasting impact and both agreed to formally initiate an internship program that would support the common cause. The Lakshya Foundation was roped in to get the initiative started during 2016 in Sam’s alma mater National Institute of Technology Warangal in India. The ultimate goal is to make the program available to candidates from all lower middle income countries.
FMIP aims to provide full funding support to the selected FM Intern including living, travelling, health insurance, visa fees and research expenses for a summer internship program spanning at least six weeks at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Cornell University. Once eligibility has been established:
- You must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate/bachelor’s program in biotechnology or allied subjects;
- You must be in the pre-final year of your undergraduate program;
- You must be a citizen of a lower middle income country. See list of middle income countries here
The selected FM Intern will undergo general training in the basic laboratory techniques and then actively participate in an ongoing research project in the Feigenson research group. (Note: Appointment of FM Internship at Cornell University is contingent upon successful application, interview process, and visa application)
Who are we looking for?
The goal is to select a candidate whose record reflect:
- Motivation to learn
- Enthusiasm to take up challenging problems
- Commitment to serve the society
Applications for FMIP 2017 are now closed. Round 1 invited applications from Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) at Delhi, Roorkee, Guwahati and National Institute of Technology Warangal.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a Skype interview during March 2017.
FMIP 2016 invited applications through the The Lakshya Foundation that included a statement of purpose, resume, document on background and financial status from juniors (pre-final year students) pursuing Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology at NIT Warangal. Shortlisted candidate underwent telephone and Skype interviews.
Feigenson Mudgal Intern 2016 — Kishan Lal Soni
Born and raised in the Palana village of Bikaner district (Rajasthan, India), Kishan has always been intrigued by science and laws of nature. Growing up in a typical middle class Indian family was not short of challenges; however, a top notch education is what Kishan’s parents…read more
FMIP 2016 was funded equally from:
- Cornell University
- Samriddh Mudgal
- The Lakshya Foundation