Montana INBRE Student, Delancey Doty. Photo courtesy of Kelly Gorham

Four Questions to Get Started

  1. Are you interested in a career in which you can contribute to biomedical advances?
  2. Are you currently enrolled in a program of study that is supporting your intended career path?
  3. Would you like to start or continue research related to the biomedical sciences?
  4. Are you an undergraduate student currently enrolled at MSU and in good academic standing?

If you answered an enthusiastic "yes!" to all four questions, then we want you to prepare a proposal for INBRE funding.

Students studying in fields as diverse as the social sciences, veterinary sciences, natural sciences, and engineering who are preparing themselves for careers that can contribute to biomedical research advances are eligible for this program.

Award Amount

$900 for one semester or $1,800 for a full academic year.

What Will Be Expected From You

  • At least 100-hours spent committed to your research project per semester
  • A poster presentation or podium talk during the spring semester at the annual Research Celebration
  • Participation in INBRE events that will support your success in a career in biomedical research

Common Areas of Research Include

  • Cell Biology and Neuroscience
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering (Biological, Chemical, Electrical or Mechanical)
  • Psychology
  • Computational Biology (including math, computer science)
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Nursing
  • Human Health and Development
  • Public Health

Before you Apply

  • Talk to your faculty advisor and/or other faculty mentors about your interests
  • Identify a faculty member in any department who is willing to mentor and support you for a biomedically related research project
  • Ask your mentor if he or she is supporting other USP-INBRE scholars and remind the mentor that, in order to fund as many deserving students as possible with USP-INBRE scholarships each year, a maximum of three students per mentor can be supported per semester. In addition, a 50% match will be expected from the mentor for the second and third students 
  • Decide on a research direction that interests you and that your faculty mentor is willing to supervise
  • Begin preparing an application and submit it on time (process described below)

How to Prepare & Submit an Application

All USP-INBRE applications are processed through MSU's Undergraduate Scholars Program (USP) in 121 A.J.M. Johnson Hall. Complete details on writing your proposal, navigating the review process, reviewing program expectations, and completing your online application are available using the button below.

How to Apply

Important Application Notes:

  • Make sure to address the following in the written sections of your proposal:
    • A clear, concise introduction that summarizes your research focus and why it's important. Remember that the application reviewers may not be subject matter experts in your particular sub-discipline, so make sure the language you use is accessible to an educated but perhaps uninformed audience.
    • Background (please briefly address the following):
      • How your project contributes to research/scholarship/advances in the biomedical field. Please be sure to cite any relevant sources you have discovered in your background research for the project.
      • How your project contributes to your academic and/or career goals in the biomedical field.
    • Methodology or Creative Techniques
    • Schedule or project timeline of key events including a plan for collaborating and meeting with  the project's Faculty Sponsor (mentor)
    • Brief statement of previous research experience. If you have conducted research previously, please include a brief summary of your project and the results/progress you made on that project.

Next Application Deadline

Fall Semester: September 15th
How to Apply


Questions? We can help! Don't hesitate to contact us if you are having trouble with your application, identifying a faculty sponsor or deciding whether to apply.

Dr. Sarah Codd
Director of MT INBRE Student Programs
Tel: 406-994-1944

Cori Huttinga
Program Specialist in the MT INBRE Office
Tel: 406-994-7531