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
  • 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 130-I Gaines 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

Application Summary

  • A proposal that does not exceed five typed, double-spaced pages and includes the following sections:
    • Introduction
    • 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
    • Time Schedule
    • Collaboration with Faculty Sponsor
    • 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. If the research was funded, please identify the funding source (USP, INBRE, MSGC, Mentor Funded, etc.) This can be included as an ADDITIONAL page, and will not be counted toward the 5 page maximum for the regular research proposal.
  • An online application (includes Application Cover Sheet, Summary Statement, Project Schedule and Budget) Be sure to click "INBRE" in the Project Information Section of the application.
  • Official or unofficial transcripts

Application Deadline


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 CoddDirector of MT INBRE Student Programs
Tel: 406-994-1944

Barbara Bunge
Program Specialist in the MT INBRE Office
Tel: 406-994-7531