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Undergraduate Application Process

Undergraduate research fellowships are available through two programs. Prerequisites and requirements are described below.

We particularly encourage applications from students underrepresented in the sciences by virtue of their race or ethnicity, or who attend schools that lack academic year or summer research opportunities.


NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates

  • Open to all US undergraduate students. Students must be US citizens or non-citizen permanent residents.
  • Students must have completed at least one semester of undergraduate biology. Students interested in bioinformatics or computational biology must demonstrate some experience with programming, and the biology requirement may be waived.
  • Graduating seniors are not eligible for NSF REU funds.
  • Research fellowships are 8–10 weeks long and include room, board, travel (airfare or mileage) and stipend (~$500/wk).
  • NSF and the MDI Biological Laboratory are particularly interested in applicants from non-research intensive colleges and universities.

Maine IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Fellowships

  • Students must have completed at least one semester of undergraduate biology.
  • INBRE fellowships are open to students from Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, College of the Atlantic, the University of Maine, the University of Maine - Farmington, Fort Kent, Machias, and Presque Isle, Southern Maine Community College, and all other Maine colleges and universities.
  • Graduating seniors are not eligible for Maine INBRE funds.
  • Research fellowships are ten weeks long and cover room, board, travel, supplies, and stipend at one of the following Maine institutions: Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, MDI Biological Laboratory, The Jackson Laboratory, and the University of Maine.

Program Dates

Undergraduate research fellowships are 8–10 weeks long, from early June to mid August.

Application Process

Applications for 2015 will open in October 2014.

  1. All application materials must be submitted (emailed or postmarked) by January 10, 2014.
  2. Review the list of MDI Biological Laboratory or Maine INBRE research mentors. On your application, you will be asked to indicate your preference for three mentors or research areas.
  3. Review the application information guide.
  4. Apply online.
  5. Send supplementary documents by mail or email attachment, including:
    • official or registrar-produced unofficial transcript of all undergraduate work completed and in progress (transcripts printed from online degree audit programs are not acceptable)
    • written answers to the short-answer questions, if not uploaded with the online application form (see application guide)
    • two faculty recommendation forms and letters (see application guide). Recommendations may be from professors or research supervisors, and must be sent directly by the recommender.

Mail or email (as attachments) all supplementary documents to:

Education Office
MDI Biological Laboratory
PO Box 35
Salisbury Cove, ME 04672
education [at] mdibl [dot] org

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