Undergraduate Student Summer Fellowships
Our summer fellowship programs for undergraduate students are highly competitive. We welcome applicants who desire hands-on, research training experience that complements current resident research programs within an advanced laboratory environment. On-campus co-curricular and residential life programs extend our immersion program to help students develop professional skill sets and foster connections within the scientific research community. Applicants from underserved populations are encouraged to apply.
All applicants must satisfy these requirements:
- All students must be at least 16 years old in order to work in a laboratory.
- Prior to fellowship, demonstrate successful completion of:
- 1 semester of college biology with laboratory
- 1 semester of college chemistry with laboratory
- 1 semester of college mathematics
- Must have a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.0 or equivalent.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, or have the appropriate immigration status to be able to receive a work stipend. Different funding sources have different citizenship requirements.
- Undergraduate Fellows must commit to the entire duration of the program
Undergraduate INBRE Fellowship (NIH): Additional Requirements
The Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) is a collaborative network of Maine educational and research institutions led by the MDI Biological Laboratory and sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Each student is associated with a specific research project in the biomedical field, where s/he works closely with the faculty and other researchers.
INBRE Applications Due: January 27, 2017
- Open to undergraduates enrolled in specific Maine colleges and universities: Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, College of the Atlantic, Southern Maine Community College, UMaine Farmington, UMaine Machias, UMaine Fort Kent, UMaine Presque Isle, UMaine Honors College.
- Research sites include MDI Biological Laboratory and Northeast scientific research sites across Maine, Delaware, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New Hampshire
- INBRE fellows receive housing, meal plans, and stipends. Travel is not funded.
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) (NSF): Additional Requirements
REU Fellows are undergraduates who work in residential research programs at MDI Biological Laboratory and are supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Each student is associated with a specific research project in the biological sciences, where s/he works closely with the faculty and other researchers.
REU Applications Due: February 1, 2017
- Open to US citizen undergraduates anywhere in the United States and U.S. Territories who do not have prior undergraduate degrees
- Research sites are at MDI Biological Laboratory only
- Students enrolled in non-research-intensive colleges, universities, and community colleges are highly encouraged to apply
- REU Fellows receive some travel assistance, housing, meal plans, and stipends
Other Funding Sources
Other private funding sources are sometimes available, with various eligibility requirements and award amounts. Outstanding applicants for either INBRE or REU fellowships may be selected for other available funding awards.
Online applications require the uploading of student-copy transcripts with fall semester grades, a resume/CV, and answers to several essay questions. Two faculty references are required, which are requested through the online application form. The online application system now allows starting, “saving for later” logging out, and logging back in to continue editing and augmenting information.
These are two separate applications, select the program(s) for which you are eligible (see above).
INBRE undergraduate student fellowship application deadline has passed.
REU undergraduate student fellowship application deadline has passed.
Decision notification letters are sent to applicants in late March/early April.
2017 Session Dates
Dates are subject to change.
Arrival: Sunday, June 4†
Student Symposium: Tuesday August 8 at MDI Biological Laboratory (Family Event)
Departure: Saturday August 12, 2017†
†Dates for students placed at other institutions may vary