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The application for the 2019 STEM Transition Trainee program is now OPEN!

New for this year – the STEM Transition Trainee application is ONLINE at

Completed applications are due by February 13, 2019.

Are you an Idaho High School college-bound student who is

  • Graduating from High School in May or June 2019?
  • Planning to enter an Idaho public university (UI, BSU, ISU) in Fall 2019?
  • Turning 18 years old by the date of your graduation in 2019?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to ALL of the questions above, you are eligible to apply to be a High School to College STEM Transition Trainee for Summer 2019.

The Idaho STEM Action Center and Idaho INBRE are offering summer trainee positions for graduating high school students interested in STEM fields. The program pays each awarded student $6000 to work full-time in an established faculty laboratory for the summer. Awarded students will be placed in a lab in the Idaho university they are planning to attend. In addition to doing guided research, students will attend professional development and scientific seminar presentations and will prepare a poster highlighting their work to be presented at the 2019 Idaho INBRE Summer Research Conference, July 29 – 31. Openings are available at the University of Idaho, Boise State University, and Idaho State University. Starting date will be in June. Exact starting date depends on your high school graduation date.

The High School to College Paid STEM Transition Trainee program is competitive. The number of applications we receive will exceed the number of available positions.  In order to be considered for a Traineeship, we must receive your completed application including transcripts and letter of reference by the due date of February 13, 2019.  We cannot consider incomplete packets.

Awards will be announced in March 2019.

For more information, contact Linda Liou, INBRE Program Administrator, at 208-885-5373 or lioul@uidaho.edu

Required documents for a complete application:

  1. Complete application form
  2. One copy of your current high school transcript
  3. One letter of reference from a High School science teacher.

Criteria for Trainee Selection:

The following criteria will be used when choosing Trainees. These criteria will be considered as a ‘whole’ and not necessarily in the order listed.

  1. Interest in STEM
  2. Academic record, including science classes taken and GPA
  3. Reference letter from a High School Science teacher
  4. Family educational background – with preference given to first-generation college students
  5. Obstacles you have overcome to obtain your education

In addition to the above criteria, preference will be given to students from a traditionally under-represented population in STEM.

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