Important Note: Idaho students wanting to participate in Idaho must use the INBRE Summer Fellows application.
Idaho students interested in visiting and working outside Idaho in one of the other RAIN states (Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming) may apply for a 2024 RAIN Undergraduate Student Exchange outside Idaho.
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The Regional Alliance of INBRE Networks (RAIN) was formed to support regional collaborations focused on common scientific themes. Opportunities exist for undergraduate students from the region to participate in transformative research experiences in the RAIN states. Individual INBRE Programs within RAIN host expertise-specific student programs, such as lab fellowships, workshops, and summer camps.
The RAIN Visiting Fellow Program is competitive. The number of applications we receive will exceed the available Fellowships. To be considered for a Fellowship we must receive your completed application including transcripts and letters of reference by the due date listed on the applicable application.
How are students selected to be RAIN Visiting Fellows?
The INBRE Fellows are the best and brightest undergraduate students in the Western IDeA Region. The selection process is competitive and rigorous. Students submit an application form that includes a few short essays, their GPA, letters of recommendation and their college transcript(s).
Requirements for being a Fellow:
1) Students must currently be enrolled at an institution in a RAIN state (Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming).
2) Students must be graduating on or after December 2024. Students graduating in May or August 2023 will not be eligible for Fellowships in 2024.
Criteria for Fellows selection:
The following criteria are used by Idaho INBRE when choosing Western INBRE Visiting 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 is given for those who graduated high school in the Western INBRE region)
8. Obstacles you have overcome to obtain your education
***RAIN INBRE Fellows are responsible for their housing and transportation costs for the 10-week fellowship period. One exception – Depending on availability and interest, there MAY be the option to include housing at the University of Idaho.