Idaho INBRE : IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence

Summer Fellows

The application period for the 2015 Summer Fellows is now open.

This page is for undergraduate students attending an Idaho institution of higher education.

Students attending institutions in a Western IDeA Regional Network state - Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming - are welcome to apply for fellowships as part of the Western INBRE Visiting Fellow Program.

Are you an undergraduate science major attending an Idaho institution of higher education who wants to do hands-on research? Will you be graduating in December 2015 or later?

The Idaho INBRE Program is offering 10-week fellowships for students interested in biomedical research. The program pays each awarded student to work full-time in an established faculty laboratory for the summer. In addition to doing guided research, students will attend professional development and scientific seminar presentations and will prepare a poster highlighting their work.

Dates: Check individual schools below for the exact dates.

Note: The Summer Fellows program does not include housing.

Summer Fellows application

For details, select the institution you are interested in below.

University of Idaho

Dates: May 27, 2015 - August 5, 2015.
Pay: $15.00/hour ($6000 for the summer). Depending upon interest there may also be an option of $5000 ($12.50/hour) for the summer plus housing in the Living Learning Center on campus.
Application Due Date: January 31, 2015.

How to apply:

1. Choose a Mentor at the University of Idaho. You may choose from the Mentor list or you may contact a faculty member of your choice who agrees to mentor you on a biomedical research project.
2. Contact the Mentor prior to submitting your application and confirm his/her agreement to be your mentor if you are chosen for the award. If you need assistance in choosing a Mentor, please contact Linda at lioul@uidaho.edu.
3. Complete the application on the University of Idaho People Admin system. (Still under development). Be sure to complete the supplemental questions.
4. Attach an unoffical transcript from each institution you have attended to the application.
5. Request two letters of reference. One letter may be from your Mentor. We recommend that the letters be written by current or former science instructors who can write about your character and your interest and capabilities in science. Writers should complete references using the Idaho INBRE online reference form at inbre.uidaho.edu/references/.

Idaho State University

Dates: May 27, 2015 - August 5, 2015.
Pay: $5000 for the summer.
Application Due Date: January 31, 2015.

How to apply:

1. Choose Mentors at Idaho State University. Choose up to 3 Mentors from the Mentor list. You are welcome to speak with Mentors prior to submitting your application but it is not necessary.
2. Complete the Fellows application. Be sure to list mentors from step 1 on the application.
3. Attach an unofficial transcript from each institution you have attended to your application.
4. Submit the application at the bottom of the Fellows application page.
5. Request two letters of reference. We recommend that the letters be written by current or former science instructors who can write about your character and your interest and capabilities in science. Writers should complete references using the Idaho INBRE online reference form at inbre.uidaho.edu/references/.

Boise State University

Dates: May 18, 2015 - July 30, 2015. Program will end at the close of the Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research at Boise State.
Pay: $5000 for the summer.
Application Due Date: January 31, 2015.

How to apply:

1. Choose a Mentor at Boise State University. Review the 2015 Faculty Mentors list and choose the mentor(s) you would be interested in working with.
2. Contact the Mentor. If he/she agrees to support your application, work together to complete a Summer Research Plan.
3. Complete the Fellows application.
4. Attach an unofficial transcript from each institution you have attended and your summer research plan to your application.
5. Submit the application at the bottom of the Fellows application page.
6. Request two letters of reference. One letter may be from your Mentor. We recommend that the letters be written by current or former science instructors who can write about your character and your interest and capabilities in science. Writers should complete references using the Idaho INBRE online reference form at inbre.uidaho.edu/references/.

Brigham Young University – Idaho

INBRE Biomedical Research Fellowships at BYU-Idaho

Students should prepare for a research internship by completing at least Bio 180 and 181, Chem 105 and 106, and Math 110. In addition, if they complete Bio 377 and Math 221, they will be more competitive. Other upper division Biology and Chemistry courses are extremely helpful for an intern's success.

There are 2 types of biomedical research opportunities available to BYU-Idaho students. First, students may complete research internships in the labs of faculty members in the BYU-Idaho Biology Department.  These unpaid internships require a 10-hour weekly commitment and can be completed during any of the 3 tracks. Students should contact the professors directly and inquire about the project and availability in the lab.

Second, students may apply for paid internships for research at one of the campuses in the state of Idaho. These are called INBRE Fellowships.  Participating campuses include the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, Boise State University, Northwest Nazarene University, and the College of Idaho.  If accepted, students are paid $4,000 to work 40 hours a week in a research lab for a period of 10 weeks.  Interested students may submit an application to Dr. Todd Kelson.  When students apply for the fellowship, they are asked to rank their top 3 choices of labs they would like to work in.  Mentor lists can be found in the left hand column of the Mentor page. If students are selected for the internship, then those professors will be contacted to determine if they have available space for an undergraduate in their lab. Once the fellowship begins, students are given their own project to work on and have mentors who will guide them in the research process. These fellowships are available year round.

Both internships and fellowships also earn college credit towards graduation.   Applications for Winter, Summer, and Fall Internships are Oct 1, Mar 1 and June 1, respectively.

For more information on research internships at BYU-Idaho, contact Todd Kelson (via email: kelsont@byui.edu or phone: 208-496-4621).

The College of Idaho

Dates: May 27, 2015 - August 5, 2015.
Pay: $6000 for the summer.
Application Due Date: January 31, 2015.

How to apply:

1. Choose a Mentor at The College of Idaho. Review the 2015 Faculty Mentors list and choose the mentor(s) you would be interested in working with.
2. Contact the Mentor. If he/she agrees to support your application, work together to complete a Summer Research Plan.
3. Complete the Fellows application.
4. Attach an unofficial transcript from each institution you have attended and your summer research plan to your application.
5. Submit the application at the bottom of the Fellows application page.
6. Request two letters of reference. One letter may be from your Mentor. We recommend that the letters be written by current or former science instructors who can write about your character and your interest and capabilities in science. Writers should complete references using the Idaho INBRE online reference form at inbre.uidaho.edu/references/.

Lewis-Clark State College

Dates: Depending on institution you are applying to.
Pay: $6000 for the summer.
Application Due Date: January 31, 2015.

How to apply:

1. Choose a Mentor at the institution(s) you are applying to. Review the 2015 Faculty Mentors list and choose the mentor(s) you would be interested in working with.
2. Contact the Mentor prior to submitting your application and confirm his/her agreement to be your mentor if you are chosen for the award. If you need assistance choosing and/or contacting a Mentor, speak with Jane Finan, jfinan@lcsc.edu, or Matt Johnston, majohnston@lcsc.edu.
3. Complete the Fellows application. Be sure to include the name of the Mentor(s).
4. Attach an unofficial transcript from each institution you have attended to your application.
5. List three references on your application. Letters of recommendation are not required.
6. Submit the application at the bottom of the Fellows application page.

LCSC Fellows page.

Northwest Nazarene University

Dates: TBA
Pay: TBA
Application Due Date: January 31, 2015

How to apply:

1. Choose a Mentor at Northwest Nazarene University. Review the 2015 Faculty Mentors list and choose the mentor(s) you would be interested in working with.
2. Contact the Mentor. Confirm that he/she agrees to work with you if you are selected for an award. Please check back to this page to see if you are required to submit a Summer Research Plan with your application.
3. Complete the Fellows application and be sure to include your Mentor's name.
4. Attach an unofficial transcript from each institution you have attended and your summer reseasrch plan (if required) to your application.
5. Submit the application at the bottom of the Fellows application page.
6. Request two letters of reference. One letter may be from your Mentor. We recommend that the letters be written by current or former science instructors who can write about your character and your interst and capabilities in science. Writers should complete references using the Idaho INBRE online reference form at inbre.uidaho.edu/references/.

College of Southern Idaho

Please contact Dr. Amy Rice Doetsch, aricedoetsch@csi.edu, for opportunities at the College of Southern Idaho

College of Western Idaho

Please contact Dr. Brian McClain, brianmcclain@cwidaho.cc, for opportunities at the College of Western Idaho

North Idaho College

Dates: Depending on institution you are applying to.
Pay: $6000 for the summer.
Application Due Date: January 31, 2015.

How to apply:

1. Choose a Mentor at the institution(s) you are applying to. Review the 2015 Faculty Mentors list and choose the mentor(s) you would be interested in working with.
2. Contact the Mentor prior to submitting your application and confirm his/her agreement to be your mentor if you are chosen for the award. If you need assistance choosing and/or contacting a Mentor, speak with Prof. Rhena Cooper, TRCooper@nic.edu.
3. Complete the Fellows application. Be sure to include the name of the Mentor(s).
4. Attach an unofficial transcript from each institution you have attended to your application.
5. Submit the application at the bottom of the Fellows application page.
6. Request two letters of reference. We recommend that the letters be written by current or former science instructors who can write about your character and your interest and capabilities in science. Writers should complete references using the Idaho INBRE online reference form at inbre.uidaho.edu/references/.

Idaho Veterans Research Foundation/Boise VA Medical Center

Dates: May 26, 2015 - August 7, 2015. Program will culminate in student presentations at the Boise VA Medical Center's Annual Summer Research Symposium.
Pay: $5000 for the summer.
Application Due Date: January 31, 2015.

How to apply:

1. Choose a Mentor at the Idaho Veterans Research and Education Foundation (Boise VA). Review the 2015 Faculty Mentors list (BVAMC) and choose the mentor(s) you would be interested in working with.
2. Contact the Mentor prior to submitting your application and confirm his/her agreement to be your mentor if you are chosen for the award.
3. Complete the Fellows application. Be sure to include the name of your Mentor.
4. Attach an unofficial transcript from each institution you have attended to your application.
5. Submit the application at the bottom of the Fellows application page.
6. Request two letters of reference. We recommend that the letters be written by current or former science instructors who can write about your character and your interest and capabilities in science. Writers should complete references using the Idaho INBRE online reference form at inbre.uidaho.edu/references/.

The Idaho Veterans Research and Education Foundation (Boise VA) has a strong, multi-disciplinary biomedical research program in emerging/re-emerging infectious disease pathogenesis. Our overall mission is to discover, develop and advance novel new approaches to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening infections. Questions can be directed to Dr. Amy Bryant at amybryant@clear.net.
 

The Idaho INBRE Undergraduate Fellowship program is competitive. The number of applications we receive will exceed the available Fellowships.  In order to be considered for a Fellowship we must receive your completed application including transcripts and letters of reference by the due date of January 31, 2015.  We cannot consider incomplete packets.

Fellowship awards will be announced in March 2015.

How are students selected to be INBRE Undergraduate Fellows?

The INBRE Fellows are the best and brightest undergraduate students in Idaho. The selection process is competitive and rigorous. Students submit an application packet that includes a few short essays, their GPA, a Summer Research plan (if required by the institution), letters of recommendation and their college transcript(s).

Requirements for being a Fellow:  1) Students must currently be enrolled at an Idaho institution or at an institution in a Western IDeA state (Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico,Wyoming). 2) Students must be graduating on or after December 2015. Students graduating in May or August 2015 will not be eligible for Fellowships in 2015.

Criteria for Fellows selection:

The following criteria are used by Idaho INBRE when choosing Undergraduate Summer Fellows. These criteria are considered as a ‘whole’, and not necessarily in the order listed.

1. Interest in biomedical science and research
2. Academic record, including science classes taken and GPA
3. Reference letters
4. Date of expected graduation
5. Current institution - with consideration given for the research opportunities available to you at that institution
6. Family educational background
7. State in which you graduated high school (preference given to those graduating from an Idaho high school or high school in a Western INBRE state)
8. Obstacles you have overcome to obtain your education

*The 2015 Summer Fellows program is contingent upon timely distribution of federal grant funds*