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AI2EAR Bridge Program

The mission of AI2EAR is to enable long-term global food security and safety by accelerating collaboration between all the necessary disciplinary thought leaders and provide a framework for the sharing of critical resources and information needed to drive innovation.

Discover the AI2EAR Bridge Program! The International Collaboration to Accelerate Integration of Engineering, Plant Sciences, & Agricultural Research using Artificial Intelligence, AI2EAR, thrilled to share this exciting opportunity for students who have been accepted to graduate school at North Carolina State University in the upcoming fall semester of 2024. Our program offers awardees a unique chance to immerse themselves in the NC State community during July and August 2024, allowing them to bond with a mentor, explore the campus, build valuable research skills, and participate in professional development workshops. Plus, we'll provide financial support to make this experience possible for our selected awardees.

Bridge Program Curriculum

  • Get settled into housing

  • Bridge program orientation

  • Get to know the future PI and laboratory

  • Plant Science Institute tour

  • Introduction to AI- and Ag-related facilities

  • Shadow an AI2EAR scholar

  • Professional Development cohort

The professional development component will provide scholars training in self-assessment, teamwork and communication, helping scholars to become better communicators, leaders, and team members. 

I am grateful for this experience because it made me feel more in control and confident since I had more time to adapt to the university, my department, my research project, and the city.” Hector Fajardo (former Bridge scholar)

Bridge Program timeline
Applications - April 3rd to May 16th
Selected scholars - May 17th
Bridge Program - July - August (2-4 Weeks)


Please, note that this is a competitive process, and submitting your application does not guarantee acceptance.


If you have any questions regarding the Bridge Program, please get in touch with


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