Undergraduate Applications

Undergraduate research fellowships are available through two programs. Prerequisites and requirements are described below.

We particularly encourage applications from students underrepresented in the sciences by virtue of their race or ethnicity, or who attend schools that lack academic-year or summer research opportunities.


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)–National Science Foundation (NSF)

  1. Open to all US undergraduate students who are US citizens or non-citizen permanent residents.
  2. Students must have completed at least one semester of undergraduate biology. Students interested in bioinformatics or computational biology must demonstrate some experience with programming, and the biology requirement may be waived.
  3. Graduating undergraduate seniors are not eligible for NSF REU funds.
  4. Research fellowships are ten weeks long and include room, board, travel (airfare or mileage), and weekly stipend .
  5. The NSF and MDI Biological Laboratory are particularly interested in applicants from non-research-intensive colleges and universities.

Maine IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Fellowships–National Institutes of Health (NIH)

  1. Students must have completed at least one semester of undergraduate biology.
  2. INBRE fellowships are open to students from Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, College of the Atlantic, the University of Maine, the University of Maine at Farmington, Fort Kent, Machias, and Presque Isle, Southern Maine Community College, and all other Maine colleges and universities.
  3. Graduating seniors are not eligible for Maine INBRE funds.
  4. Research fellowships are ten weeks long and cover room, board, supplies, and stipend at Maine institutions.

Program Dates

2015 undergraduate research fellowships are ten weeks long, from early June to August 8.

Application Process

Applications for 2015 are now closed.

  1. All application materials must be submitted (emailed or postmarked) by January 9, 2015.
  2. Review the list of MDI Biological Laboratory faculty or Maine INBRE research mentors, taking note of their research areas. On your application, you must indicate your preference for up to three research areas.
  3. Review the Student Research Application Guide.
  4. Apply online.
  5. Send supplementary documents by mail or email attachment, including:
    1. Official or registrar-produced unofficial transcript of all undergraduate work completed and in progress (transcripts printed from online degree audit programs are not acceptable).
    2. Two faculty recommendation forms and letters (see application guide). Recommendations may be from professors or research supervisors and must be sent directly by the recommender.
    3. Signed checklist (in the application guide).

Mail or email all supplementary documents to:

Education Office
MDI Biological Laboratory
PO Box 35
Salisbury Cove, ME 04672