Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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INBRE student, Hania Koziol, at the Reijo-Pera Lab at MSU. Photo by Sanchez Gonzalez

Montana INBRE contributes to the pipleine of future professional researchers by supporting undergraduate research. Our research opportunities offer cutting-edge experience working with top-rate faculty and researchers.

Undergraduates at MSU in the biomedical and health sciences can apply for academic-year INBRE Research Program, which may extend over several semesters or serve students just beginning their research experience.

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Summer undergraduate research experiences are available for both MSU students and students enrolled at institutions located in IDeA Program Western Region states (Montana, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, and Wyoming).

Spend your summer in Bozeman

Details here. Contact: Beverly Hartline, MT Tech of the UM (Butte). bhartline@mtech.edu

Learn more. Contact: Aaron Thomas. University of Montana (Missoula)

Undergraduate Internship Opportunities

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Public Health Intern, Weston McCue, talks with Sarah Codd about his research.

Montana INBRE supports undergraduate student success by helping students gain hands-on, professional experience through research and public health internship opportunities. MT INBRE internships have real-world applicability, are sometimes paid and involve close work with faculty and/or community mentors.

INBRE Public Health Internship Program (MSU in Bozeman) provides undergraduate students from a wide range of academic disciplines exposure to real community health issues, and an understanding of the tools available to investigate and solve these issues.


Contact: Bill Stadwiser, MSU, william.stadwiser@montana.edu

Details available here. Contact: Beverly Hartline, MT Tech of the UM (Butte), bhartline@mtech.edu

For a list of non-INBRE biomedical research and internship opportunities, click here.

Student Travel Opportunities

Montana INBRE occasionally supports individual students through travel awards. When available, details will be listed below.

Montana INBRE Student Travel Award – Spring 2020

Who’s Eligible

Any Montana-based college student (undergraduate or graduate) who is conducting research related to health sciences, veterinary sciences, and/or biomedicine, including social science, engineering science, quantitative science research that involves human health components


Must be a current college student in good academic standing attending an institution of higher education located within Montana; travel to domestic (US) locations only and must include public presentation of your biomedical or health-related research at a scientific conference, symposium, event, workshop or meeting

Award Maximums

The maximum award amount is $500 for undergraduates and $1000 for graduate students

Travel Dates

Priority consideration is currently given for travel that can be completed on/before April 30, 2020; Requests for travel taking place after April 30th can be submitted anytime but will not be reviewed until the next round of INBRE funding has been confirmed (on/around May 15th)

Match Funding

Travel that will be completed on or before April 30th does NOT require any match funding; for travel taking place after April 30th additional (matching) funds are required at an amount equal to or greater than the amount being requested from Montana INBRE; matching funds can come from sources such as project mentors, your graduate school, your academic department or college and/or the conference itself

Application Deadline

Completed applications received by February 1, 2020 will receive priority consideration for spring travel; applications received between February 2 and March 15 will receive secondary consideration; applications received after March 15 and/or applications for travel taking place after April 30th 2020 will be reviewed in May

Allowable Expenses

Student Travel Awards may cover such expenses as economy airfare to nearest airport to conference, ground transportation to/from conference, standard lodging for duration of conference, conference registration fee(s), meal reimbursement for meals not included with the conference at the rate allowed by your institution's per-diem policy, incidentals like poster printing, etc.

To apply, complete steps 1-3 before proceeding to step 4

  1. Graduate Students: identify a scientific conference or event where you can present original research publicly as a poster or oral presentation; Undergraduate Students: been accepted at scientific conference or event where you will be giving an oral presentation
  2. Write (or update) your scientific abstract for the research you plan to preset at the conference/event; click here for help writing a scientific abstract
  3. Ask your project mentor or faculty supervisor to write a brief (one page or less) letter or statement of support explaining how you will benefit academically and/or professionally from the travel experience and why this particular opportunity is well-suited to your current academic or professional trajectory; You will need a signed .PDF copy of this letter before you begin your application
  4. Once steps 1-3 are done, follow this link to upload your letter and fill out the online application