Undergraduate Research Programs

Student Training Programs

Researcher in lab

Nevada INBRE offers two exciting opportunities for undergraduates to have a hands-on laboratory experience in an emerging field of biomedical science such as genomics, proteomics, biological imaging, bioinformatics, or any field of research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

INBRE will select recipients for awards for students to work with a faculty mentor on a research project. An INBRE summer research experience will enrich your science education, allow you to gain first-hand knowledge about a scientific career, and will give you a competitive edge on graduate school, medical school and job applications. UROP projects often lead to longer term collaborations, publishable research, and careers in medicine or biomedical research.


Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Program Compensation

THe UROP Program is INBRE's flagship undergraduate research program where junior and senior level students work on an independent research project for 10 weeks over the summer.  This program provides student recipients with an award of $6,000 as a summer student worker, and each mentor receives $600 to defray the cost of lab supplies. Because all recipients will be immersed in time-intensive research, participants are not allowed to be engaged in other course work or employment during the 10 week research period.

Program Guidelines

  • Research projects will begin in early June and include 10-week, full-time, independent research. The mentor must be present during the entire program or the student may become ineligible.
  • Students are required to attend an orientation which includes a required laboratory safety class.
  • Students are required to attend a series of seminars and workshops focused on assisting students planning to pursuing biomedical research careers.
  • All students will present their research project at an undergraduate poster session and the NV INBRE Statewide Annual Meeting in August.

Eligibility

Students must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizens or have a valid employment authorization document (EAD) permitting you to work in the U.S. (DACA students are eligible)
  • Continuing student enrolled in Fall 2019 classes. You are not eligible if graduting in May 2018.
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Undergraduates enrolled at UNR, UNLV, NSC, CSN, GBC, TMCC, SNC or WNC OR students from Western IDeA states (Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico or Wyoming).  Students from other states referred by the Institute for Neuroscience may still apply, regardless of location.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not received an INBRE UROP award in the past and who are from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.

Acceptance of this award may impact a student's income level to a degree that could affect eligibility for student loans, and other scholarship/fellowship opportunities. If an applicant has any concerns in this area, it is the student's duty to consult with a campus financial aid advisor. The University does not provide tax advice. If you have questions about possible tax liabilities, you may refer to the IRS web site.

Application

**PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE APPLYING**

  • Once you begin the online UROP application, you can save it and go back in to add information.
  • You will need the name and email for your mentor. The application will automatically send them a link to the reference form to fill out. All references need to be submitted directly by the author by the application deadline. Your references will not receive the link to the reference form until your application is fully submitted. Please be sure to allow enough time for your references to complete the reference form. If your reference does not receive the link, please contact Jessica Garfield or Alex Martinez and we can send them a link directly.  If you list your own email in the mentor recommendation section, your application will not be considered.
  • Before you begin, you must have your personal statement and project proposal in a single PDF format to upload.

PERSONAL STATEMENT: Please note the applicable requirements depending on your current institution.

  • UNLV/UNR and NSC Students with a Mentor and Project ONLY: Please describe a) your academic background, b) scientific interests, c) any past research experience, and d) what you hope to gain from the research experience. Do not exceed one page.
  • Students from Outreach Institutions, Western region states, or other states ONLY: Please upload a personal statement (not to exceed 2 pages) that includes your academic background and research interests, and what you hope to will be gained from this research experience. If you are selected for this award, you will be matched with an appropriate faculty mentor for a lab experience.  The NV INBRE is only able to provide the $6,000 research award, and you will need to check with your home programs for assistance with travel and housing.

PROJECT PROPOSAL: (UNLV/UNR Students ONLY): Please create a brief research proposal that is approved by the faculty mentor. The proposal should be a concise statement including a clear hypothesis to be tested or questions to be asked. Do not exceed two pages.

ALL STUDENTS: UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Due to FERPA regulations, we are not permitted to accept your transcript electronically. You will need to submit your unofficial transcript in person or via U.S. Mail to the INBRE Administration (address in application). Transcripts must be received in person or postmarked by March 22, 2019.

The UROP application is now closed.  It will reopen again in Februrary 2020!

Faculty-Led Authentic Research Experience (FLARE)

Program Compensation

This program is designed for undergraduate students, who are not ready to apply for the traditional UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) experience, but wish to gain a mentored, authentic research experience. The program will last approximately 5 weeks and will involve a mentored research experience in a lab at UNR or TMCC, a responsible conduct of research seminar and tours of various labs, the medical school, the PA school, and much more! Dorm housing will be provided for out of area students and each student selected for a FLARE fellowship will receive $2,500 in compensation as a student worker for their research period.

Program Guidelines

  • Research projects will begin in early June and include 5-week, full-time, research and educational experience. 
  • Students will be assigned to a faculty mentor on campus who will lead you through an authentic research experience.
  • Students are required to attend an orientation which includes a required laboratory safety class, as well as seminars and tours
  • Students are required to attend a series of seminars and workshops focused on assisting students planning to pursuing biomedical research careers.

Eligibility

Students must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizens or have a valid employment authorization document (EAD) permitting you to work in the U.S. (DACA students are eligible)
  • Continuing student enrolled in Fall 2019 classes. 
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Undergraduates enrolled at UNR, UNLV, NSC, CSN, GBC, TMCC, SNC or WNC 
  • Preference will be given to applicants from NSC, CSN, GBC, TMCC, SNC, WNC and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.

Acceptance of this award may impact a student's income level to a degree that could affect eligibility for student loans, and other scholarship/fellowship opportunities. If an applicant has any concerns in this area, it is the student's duty to consult with a campus financial aid advisor. The University does not provide tax advice. If you have questions about possible tax liabilities, you may refer to the IRS web site.

Application

**PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE APPLYING**

  • Once you begin the online FLARE application, you can save it and go back in to add information.
  • You will need the name and email for your reference. The application will automatically send them a link to the reference form to fill out. All references need to be submitted directly by the author by the application deadline. Your references will not receive the link to the reference form until your application is fully submitted. Please be sure to allow enough time for your references to complete the reference form. If your reference does not receive the link, please contact Jessica Garfield or Alex Martinez and we can send them a link directly.
  • Before you begin, you must have your personal statement in a single PDF format to upload.

PERSONAL STATEMENT: Please describe a) your academic background, b) scientific interests, c) any past research experience, and d) what you hope to gain from the research experience. Do not exceed two pages.

The FLARE application is now closed. It will reopen again in Februrary 2020!

Questions can be directed to garfieldj@unr.edu

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