Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The Research Experience

INBRE studentThe INBRE Summer Research Fellowship program provides students with a mentored hands-on biomedical research experience at one of the participating network institutions.  Undergraduate students work in the laboratory of an investigator on an independent project designed by the student and their mentor. Students can develop laboratory techniques in molecular biology, physiology, and bioinformatics. Projects focus on a research question in functional genomics and use a variety of comparative models such as skate, shark, and cricket.

The summer research experience culminates in a student symposium at MDI Biological Laboratory where students have an opportunity to present their research results to peers and faculty from around the state.


Maine INBRE mentors conduct research in a variety of areas, from molecular toxicology, bioinformatics and genetics, to neuroscience. Interested students should read the research summaries and identify the top three mentors whose research matches their personal scientific interests and career goals. Students may select any mentor on the list, irrespective of the student’s or mentor’s home institution.

Requirements and Prerequisites

Undergraduate students must attend a Maine college or university. Students must have completed one semester of college-level biology. Chemistry is strongly recommended, but not required. Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply unless their graduation date occurs AFTER the summer fellowship.

Review and Selection

A faculty committee comprised of members of each Maine INBRE institution reviews applications. Each application is read by three reviewers who assign both a score and a rank. Final decisions are made by the committee, and students are notified by email approximately one month after the application deadline. The Maine INBRE Research Training Directors make final student and mentor assignments.  Final award notifications will be made by March 1st.


The INBRE Summer Research Fellowship includes room and board, a weekly stipend, and research supply funds for the mentor. INBRE also reimburses students for travel expenses to and from the fellowship site.


Applications are submitted online.  Please direct questions to Chuck Fidler, Research Training Director, MDI Biological Laboratory, 207-288-9880 ext 125.