Kelman Scholars Program


For questions, contact Dr. Alejandra Huerta, director of the Kelman Scholars Program:

The Kelman Scholars program offers research internships during the summer to undergraduate students interested in the biological sciences. The program honors the legacy of Arthur Kelman, professor emeritus at NC State University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, recognized for his excellence in science, mentorship, and scholarship in plant pathology.

The complex interactions of microbes and hosts make plant pathology a stimulating and versatile biological discipline. Research projects for Kelman Scholars range from genomics and biotechnology to applications of the latest technologies to investigate disease ecology and management.

All Kelman Scholars receive documented experience in the fundamentals of biological research, the opportunity to present results of their research at the NC State University Undergraduate Research Symposium, and a foundation for graduate studies and careers in biology.

Summer Research Internships

  • Full-time, 10-week (~May 15 – August 1) research experiences coordinated through the NC State Undergraduate Research Program
  • Open to college students throughout the U.S. who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents
  • Interns are provided a stipend, room and board on campus, a transportation allowance for non-local students, and opportunities to participate in various social and professional events

Required Application Materials

  • Complete application form below
    • Upload resume
    • Upload a short essay detailing your research interests
    • Upload undergraduate transcript(s)
  • One academic letter of recommendation submitted via email to

Application Mailing Address

Attn: Alejandra Huerta
C/O: Kelman Scholars Program
North Carolina State University
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Campus Box 7616
Raleigh, NC 27695-7616

Application Deadlines (Summer 2022)

  • The Kelman Scholars program application will be available beginning November 15, 2021 until mid-February.