Undergraduate Students

Through courses, fellowships, and enrichment activities, the MDI Biological Laboratory excels in training undergraduates who are considering careers in research or medicine. The Institution fosters a collaborative, collegial, and informal research environment where students and scientists conduct research together.

Ashra Kolhatkar talks about the rewards of coming to MDI Biological Laboratory.

Short Courses

The MDI Biological Laboratory has an extensive program of hands-on, research-intensive short courses, workshops, and symposia for undergraduates. Most courses are closed-enrollment and only offered to students from the sending institutions.

View the course schedule.

The Research Experience

Each summer, undergraduates from Maine and across the United States participate in research fellowships at the MDI Biological Laboratory. Undergraduate fellows work in the laboratory of an investigator on an independent project designed by the student and their mentor.

In pursuing their independent research project, students attend weekly seminars given by our scientists as well as invited speakers discussing a variety of topics in the biological and environmental sciences.


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


Students are matched to a mentor from among the Laboratory’s resident or visiting faculty whose research aligns with their personal scientific interests and career goals. Students applying to the Maine INBRE undergraduate program may request a mentor either from the Laboratory or one one of several Maine INBRE partner institutions.

Admissions and Funding

Summer Research Fellowship applications are generally accepted in late fall, with an application deadline in early January. Most fellowships cover all expenses (room, board, travel) and pay a weekly stipend.

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