Summary

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A significant number of Montana State University Billings students are non-traditional (the average age of the student body is 25), many of whom not only attend school but also work and raise their families—44% percent of MSUB students work 26 or more hours per week off-campus, and 27% provide care for dependents. This may leave capable students little time in their schedules to pursue unpaid internship opportunities, regardless of their intellectual/academic capacity to do so. In MSUB’s most recent (2013) National Survey of Student Engagement, only 14% of seniors had worked with a faculty member on a research project, compared to the average 24% of students attending Rocky Mountain public universities and colleges. The low number of students participated in this High Impact Practice affects not only the quality of their college experience but also the preparedness of potential employees in our area’s biomedical and public health industries.

Applications will be offered to undergraduate students during spring semester of 2017 for summer 2017 AND/OR 2017/2018 academic year support. 

Requirements Include

  • Minimum of Sophomore Status
  • Availability to commit either to Summer 2017 AND/OR 2017/2018 academic year to the research internship
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.75
  • Strong interest in research with an emphasis on biomedical or human health
  • Successful completion of a laboratory or research methods course with a B or better
  • Good time management skills
  • Good communication skills
  • A strong desire to continue on in a research intensive field
  • Recommendation from a faculty advisor
  • Commitment to present their research at the MSUB research day and the INBRE sponsored undergraduate research day

Applicant Preference

  • Junior or Senior Status,
  • grade point average >3.24
  • Previous undergraduate research experience

The review panel will consist of the INBRE MSUB FACULTY mentor and at least two current/former INBRE investigators. Though applications will be solicited from the University as a whole, based on our experience, we expect most of the applicants will come from the research labs of previous or current INBRE investigators who are continuing their INBRE initiated projects or who have moved onto related work.  These investigators include David Butler, Tom Lewis, Kurt Toenjes, Sarah Keller and Susan Gilbertz.

Specific Aim

We anticipate selecting four qualified students who will independently identify research questions pertinent to the biomedical or public health fields.  The research experience should provide students a deeper understanding of scholarship and healthcare needs in Montana.  In doing so, the goal of the Montana INBRE Program to increase the biomedical research capacity of its citizens will be accomplished. 

Primary Contact

Kurt Toenjes ktoenjes@msubillings.edu