Rhode Island IDeA Network for Excellence in Biomedical Research

RI-INBRE, Rhode Island Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence,

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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program at the University of Rhode Island & Brown University

Since 2001, RI-INBRE has offered summer research opportunities at the University of Rhode Island and Brown University to qualified undergraduate students who are considering a possible career in biomedical and behavioral research. The program targets, but is not limited to, racially and ethnically diverse students in their sophomore and junior college undergraduate years. Students enrolled at Bryant University, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, and Salve Regina University are strongly encouraged to apply for a summer research fellowship at the University of Rhode Island and Brown University as well.

The goals of the program are to expose undergraduate students to laboratory research and to familiarize them with the opportunities that exist for careers in biomedical and behavioral research. The program runs for ten weeks each summer and includes three major components.

The first and most important component involves a hands on research project with a faculty member where the student is exposed to contemporary methods and problems in biomedical and behavioral research.

The second component of the program includes a series of workshops and group instruction in which students are exposed to a variety of general research issues and practices as well as a variety of advanced research techniques that they are unlikely to see in individual laboratories. This includes tours and demonstrations of some of the equipment in the Centralized Research Core Facility at the University of Rhode Island. Workshops also include:

  • Scientific Ethics
  • Chemical and Radiation Safety
  • Laboratory Notebook Keeping
  • Print and On-Line Scientific Literature Searches
  • Presentation of Research Results
  • Scientific Writing

The third component includes a Lecturer Series in which the students are exposed to a wide variety of education and career options through seminars presented by the Associate Dean of the Graduate School, faculty members, and past participants.

Additional activities during the program will include a visit to a research facility (such as Pfizer Inc. in Groton, CT), a cookout, and the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows Conference. This conference affords each participant the opportunity to present their scientific findings to a group of their peers and mentors.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program provides an outstanding environment to learn first hand about a career in biomedical and behavioral research. Many of our former participants have matriculated into Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs.

The application period for the 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program is OPEN. Please read all of the requirements. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Applications are DUE online ONLY by Thursday, February 1, 2018.

If you have questions about this year’s program, please contact Laura Arrighi, the RI-INBRE SURF Program Assistant or Brenton DeBoef, the RI-INBRE SURF Program Coordinator.

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