The ‘RAIN Student Exchange outside Idaho’ application for summer 2023 is now closed. 

Completed applications are due on November 2, 2022.

Students from Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming may apply at

Note that this application is NOT for Idaho-based students. Idaho students must use the INBRE Summer Fellows application.

The Western IDeA Regional Network 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 Western IDeA states. Individual INBRE Programs within the Western Region host expertise-specific student programs, such as lab fellowships, workshops, and summer camps.

Students from Western IDeA states (Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, and Wyoming) interested in visiting and working in Idaho may apply for a 2023 Summer Western INBRE Visiting Fellowship at the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, Boise State University, or the Idaho Veterans Research and Education Foundation at the Boise VA Medical Center.

The Idaho INBRE Program is offering a 10-week fellowship for students interested in biomedical research. In addition to doing guided research, students will attend training and seminar presentations and attend the Annual INBRE Research Conference to present their work in a professional setting.

Details of the program:

Program Starting Date: May 15, 2023
Program Ending Date: Last day of INBRE Conference or one travel day thereafter, depending upon institution.
INBRE Conference Dates: July 24-26, 2023

up to $7200 for the summer (paid as hourly wage over the working dates of the program)

Important Links:
University of Idaho Fellows Mentors, Idaho State University Fellows Mentors, Boise State University Fellows Mentors, IVREF Fellows Mentors

How To Apply:
1. Review the Faculty Mentor’s list (links above). You may choose up to three mentors from the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, Boise State University, or the Idaho Veterans Research and Education Foundation.
2. Obtain a copy of your most recent college transcripts – unofficial copies are acceptable. Be sure to save the transcripts in an easily accessible PDF format.
3. Identify 2 references and invite them to submit their references using the ‘Register References’ tab in the left-hand column of the online application form – references from science faculty/instructors are preferred. The register references tab is available as soon as you begin your application so invite your references early! References are due on November 2, 2022.
4. Complete and submit the application form by the due date of November 2, 2022. A copy of the application is available HERE for preview only. All applications must be submitted using the online portal.

For questions, contact the INBRE office at or 208-885-5373.

The Western INBRE 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 of November 2, 2022. We cannot consider incomplete packets.

Fellowship awards will be announced in December 2022.

How are students selected to be Western INBRE 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 Western IDeA state (Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming).
2) Students must be graduating on or after December 2023. Students graduating in May or August 2023 will not be eligible for Fellowships in 2023.

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

***Western 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.

Idaho students looking for opportunities throughout the Western IDeA Region may visit the individual INBRE programs at the links below:

Click here to learn more.
Apply Here!

Priority application review date:  February 19, 2023
Applications received after March 15 may not be considered.

Contact & Questions:
Student Program Director: Dr. Sarah Codd
Montana INBRE Office Contact: Cori Huttinga

Click here for More Info & to Apply!

Application Deadline: 5pm (MST) Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Contact & Questions:
WY INBRE Student Program Director, Annie Bergman
WY INBRE Program Director, Scott Seville

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