Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

Student Training Programs

Researcher in lab

Nevada INBRE offers an exciting opportunity 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 $4,500 awards for students to work with a faculty mentor on an independent 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.

Program Compensation

This program provides student recipients with an award of $4,500. Each mentor receives $1,000 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.


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 2018 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).
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not received an INBRE UROP scholarship 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.



  • 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 by March 23, 2018. If your reference does not receive the link, please contact Jessica Garfield or Alex Fechter and we can send them a link directly.
  • 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 Students 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 other NV institutions or Western region 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 $4500 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 23, 2018.

Questions can be directed to garfieldj@unr.edu .

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