The INBRE Student Program provides a broad continuum of research opportunities to generate and enhance a skilled, diverse workforce for Idaho and the nation.

A series of interlocking programs involves all 11 Network institutions and comprises a ‘pipeline to health research careers’ starting from K-12 through post-doctoral and medical student training. Central to the Student Program is mentoring and career advising.

Our programs allow any student in Idaho who has an interest in and talent for biomedical research to find an opportunity to pursue that activity in Idaho. To this end, INBRE provides scientific expertise, current laboratory practices, experimental design, and resources to K-12 teachers and students and progressively-intense academic research programs for undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, and medical students. Programs are competitive and students are selected based on academic performance, interest in research, and under-represented status.

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SCHOLARS: For freshmen or sophomores with no research lab experience

Provides an intense, two-week laboratory project in biology or molecular biology. Students work together in groups to articulate hypotheses, design experiments, and learn specific laboratory skills.

Industry Interns

INDUSTRY INTERNS: For undergraduates

Often the best choice for geographically-bound students with academic potential who do not have access to an academic research university.




FELLOWS: For upper-class undergraduates

A 10-week, high-impact academic laboratory summer research experience with a faculty mentor.



RAIN Student Exchange outside Idaho

RAIN STUDENT EXCHANGE OUTSIDE IDAHO: For upper-class undergraduates

Opens to Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming INBRE undergraduate research programs to all students in the region.

Internships in National Laboratories

NATIONAL LAB INTERNSHIPS: For upper-class undergraduates

Opens to ID, MT, NM, and WY-based college students to do a 10-week internship at one of the three national labs: Idaho National Laboratories (Idaho Falls, ID), Rocky Mountain Laboratories (Hamilton, MT), and Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM).

Graduate students and Post-docs


Supports graduate students and post-doctoral fellowships in biomedical programs at the University of Idaho, Boise State University, and Idaho State University.


Student Program Director: Prof. T Rhena Cooper 


North Idaho College
Natural Sciences Division
Meyer Health and Sciences Building 202
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
(208) 769-3476

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