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  Summer Research Fellowships for Undergraduate Students  

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Looking for a summer research experience? Paid summer research fellowships are available for undergraduate students who are rising juniors or seniors. Selected students will work on a project relevant to human health in a laboratory of a faculty member at either the University of Arkansas, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, or the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Students with an undergraduate science major (e.g., biology, chemistry) should apply for a fellowship in Biomedical Research. The Biomedical Research fellowships are designed for students with a solid background in science who wish to be part of an ongoing research project, develop their technical skills and are interested in pursuing a research career.

Students with an undergraduate major in computer sciences, mathematics or a related discipline are encouraged to apply for a fellowship in Bioinformatics. The Bioinformatics fellowships are designed for students who are interested in learning more about how to apply their mathematics and/or computer skills to biomedical research problems and who are considering advanced training in the rapidly growing discipline of bioinformatics/computational biology.

Specifics of the Undergraduate Student Mentoring Program

Fellowships are available annually for Arkansas undergraduate students who will be rising juniors or seniors in fall semester majoring in science, (e.g. biology & chemistry), math and computer science for research experiences in laboratories at the three lead INBRE institutions: UAF, UALR and UAMS.

A fellowship award includes a stipend and research supply budget, along with university privileges for the participants at each campus including use of the library, computer laboratories, and recreational facilities.

 A travel award is available for each participant, for travel to a national conference or regional scientific meeting to present their INBRE summer research in the year following his/her summer research experience.

A major goal of the INBRE Summer Student Research Fellowship Program is to involve Arkansas students from groups traditionally underrepresented in science in a stimulating research experience.

Participating students will prepare a paper in journal format (Student Fellow Manuscript Guidelines) and a poster presentation for Research Day at the end of the 10-week program.

Student Requirements

To be considered for the program, students should: be enrolled in an undergraduate institution of higher education in Arkansas, who are rising juniors or seniors, interested in pursuing a career in biomedical research.

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria for the fellowship will include the student's official transcript and two faculty recommendations from the applicant’s home institution. Preference will be given to those whose career plans include pursuing graduate work in biomedical research, including the area of bioinformatics.



Dates of 2017 Summer Program
May 22 - July 28, 2017

Applications are due February 1, 2017

Research Day:  July 26, 2017

Please read the Application Instructions below, before completing the application.



Summer Program Mentors

Application Instructions

Undergraduate students should complete a "Student Application Form" and submit the application. To guarantee consideration, complete applications, two faculty recommendations, and an official transcript must be received by the deadline, February 1, 2017.

Students are to select their first and second choice of the campus where they would like to do their summer fellowship, along with their top three choices of mentors at each of the two campuses. Students will be placed at one of the two campuses they indicate according to availability of mentors. Every effort will be made to match students to a mentor of their choice. However, keep in mind that occasions do arise when this is not possible.

Please note:  Students who are enrolled at UALR or UAF are not allowed to apply for a fellowship at their home campus. Selected students will not be placed with mentors from their home institution.

Applications will be reviewed by an ad hoc committee of the Steering Committee. Selection criteria for the fellowship will include the student’s GPA, faculty recommendations from the applicant’s home institution, and evidence for inclination toward a career in research. Students selected to participate in the program will be notified in early April.

Helpful Links

Previous Student Fellows

2014 Summer Student Fellows
2013 Summer Student Fellows
2012 Summer Student Fellows
2011 Summer Student Fellows
2010 Summer Student Fellows
2009 Summer Student Fellows
2008 Summer Student Fellows
2007 Summer Student Fellows
2006 Summer Student Fellows
2005 Summer Student Fellows


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The Arkansas INBRE is supported by a grant  from the National Institutes of Health

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (P20 GM103429).

Please contact Diane McKinstry regarding questions or comments about this site or our program.
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