The National Institutes of Health Idaho INBRE (IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence) grant provides funds for undergraduate and graduate students to do research with the goal of educating the next generation of researchers for Idaho’s industries and universities. In the fall of 2017, we will be seeking research faculty from Idaho INBRE network institutions to serve as Mentors for the Summer 2018 INBRE Undergraduate Fellowship Program. If you are interested in being a Summer Undergraduate Fellows Mentor in 2018 contact Linda in the INBRE office, 208-885-5373 or lioul@uidaho.edu.

Undergraduate students from across the state of Idaho and the Western INBRE states (Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, New Mexico, Hawaii) will compete for Summer Research Fellowships. The winning students will receive a $6,000 award and the opportunity to perform biomedical research for ten weeks as an integral part of the mentor’s lab. In addition, INBRE Undergraduate Fellows will attend a weekly training component organized by INBRE which will include research seminars and career development activities..

Benefits of being an INBRE Fellow Mentor for 2018

1. INBRE students consistently contribute to the productivity of the lab, providing extra labor on existing projects and developing pilot data for new ones, all at minimal cost to the mentor’s lab.

2. An undergraduate already working in your lab can apply for a Fellowship and, if successful, will bring INBRE funding to your program.

3. The INBRE Fellowship program is highly competitive. The selected students are some of the West’s brightest. Several Fellows that have been placed through the Fellowship program have gone on to become graduate students with the same mentor.

4. The ability to interact with undergraduate students on a more in-depth project than is possible during the course of the school year. Giving students an opportunity to become fully engaged in a research project can change a student’s life and career goals. Many research faculty find showing students the fun of pursuing a research project very rewarding.

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.

This year all students will choose Mentors BEFORE submitting their applications. Students must contact a faculty member and the faculty member must agree to be their Mentor. Students will then submit an application packet that includes the Mentor’s name, a few short essays, their GPA,  2 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 will graduate no sooner than December 2018.

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
6. Family educational background
7. State in which they graduated high school (preference given to those graduating from an Idaho or Western INBRE Region high school.
8. Obstacles they have overcome to obtain their educations

Fellows applications are due on January 31, 2018.

What is the time line?

January 31, 2018 – Student applications due into the INBRE office
Early March, 2018 – Fellows selection completed and letters of award sent to students
Mid-March, 2018 – Fellows acceptance forms due
Mid-March, 2018 – Summer Research plans due
May 21, 2018 – Fellows program begins
July 30 – August 1, 2018 – Idaho INBRE Summer Research Conference and the end of the Fellows program

*The 2018 Summer Fellows program is contingent upon timely distribution of federal grant funds.*

What is expected of Mentors?

After a student applicant has been chosen and has accepted the Fellowship, the student and Mentor will work together to complete a Summer Research Plan. This document will outline the student’s project. It should include the anticipated working hours and a rough timeline of events. This will be used as a guide for the summer activities. All research plans will be approved by the research offices at each institution prior to the beginning of the Summer Fellows program.

The Mentor will provide all space, supplies, and resources the student needs to complete the outlined project. They will be available to provide guidance and be a resource for the student, as well as serve as a role model for the student.

The Fellows are required to attend INBRE training sessions and seminars. You will be notified of the dates and times. These sessions are an integral part of the fellowship experience, and Mentors should consider this an important part of the student’s summer commitment. You are always welcome to attend these sessions with your student.

All Fellows are required to complete a poster describing their summer project to be presented at the Idaho INBRE Summer Research Conference at the end of July.

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