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The Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Scholar Program

Research Type: 
Faculty / Student

$16,500 Fellowship in Biomedical Research

Program Coordinator: Andrea Holmes, Professor of Chemistry,

About the Program:

INBRE is a scholarship program that selects highly qualified undergraduates for an unparalleled opportunity to pursue original biomedical research within multiple academic laboratories in Nebraska. It is geared to those aspiring to pursue advanced education in biomedical research (i.e. a Ph.D. degree). The program requires a two-year commitment. Usually, 3-4 new students will be selected as INBRE scholars each year. For general information, visit the website

Who can apply?

Any student, generally in their second year, who will not graduate until May 2020 is eligible. Students pursuing a major in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) are ideally suited for this program. This program is not for students committed to pursuing a professional school degree (Medical, Dental, Nursing, Pharmacy, etc.).

Program Benefits:

  • $4,000 for the first summer conducting research at a major research institution in Nebraska; $3,000 for each academic year of participation; and $4,500 for the second summer for research conducted at the scholar’s home institution.
  • Free housing for the first and second summers. If housing is not needed, then an additional $1,000 will be added to each summer stipend.

Program Requirements

  • Complete a 10-week summer training program in biomedical research within a laboratory at UNMC, UNL or Creighton (starting May after Memorial Day and ending August after the annual INBRE conference) during the 1st summer in the program. Scholars must devote full time effort (40 hours per week). Outside employment and enrollment in summer courses are NOT allowed.
  • Join an INBRE-supported research laboratory at Doane and conduct original research for the next two academic years and the summer in between. This will require 40 hours/week during the summer and at least 10 hours/week during the academic year. The current options for labs at Doane are: Dr. Andrea Holmes, Dr. Chris Wentworth, Dr. Chris Huber, and Dr. Sharmin Sikich, and Dr. Brett Schofield. Other professors will also be considered.
  • Present research results during both junior and senior years at the annual INBRE meeting in August and the Nebraska Academy of Science meeting in April. Presenting at additional local, regional and national venues are also strongly encouraged if resources and circumstances allow.

Note: This program involves a significant time commitment that likely would preclude INBRE Scholars from working at another job. Considering this expectation, the NE-INBRE program therefore provides the generous stipends described above to help address scholars’ financial obligations. For further information, contact Dr. Andrea Holmes:

INBRE Scholar Application

A complete application packet for the INBRE scholar program must be submitted by 16 November 2018. Submissions are to be sent by email:

A complete application consists of the following items, submitted together as one document in the following order:

  • Application form - download PDF
  • Statement of Interest: up to 2 pages, double-spaced, 11 pt font. Address each of the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in biomedical research? Indicate where you first heard about the INBRE program.
    • What are your future educational and career goals following graduation from Doane?
    • Do you have any research experience? How will this program benefit your career goals?
    • Which Doane lab(s) you are most interested in working within (see list above) and why?Note: You are strongly encouraged to speak to former or current INBRE scholars. Insights gained from such conversation(s) regarding the INBRE program will likely strengthen your Statement of Interest.
  • Copy of most recent university transcript
  • Resume/CV

Also: Arrange two letters of recommendation to be directly sent to These should address the applicant’s academic prowess, research experience, and character.

Students selected for interviews will be contacted by the INBRE campus coordinator, Dr. Andrea Holmes.