NWU Nebraska INBRE Program

The INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) program has captured the imagination and excitement of students across Nebraska. It allows students to immerse in independent research while expanding their abilities, try new laboratory approaches, and contribute to Nebraska's research mission. Supported by a $17.5 million IDeA (Institutional Development Award) grant from the National Institute of Health, the INBRE program is aimed at creating a biomedical research infrastructure that develops the research capacity in Nebraska. Nebraska Wesleyan University is one of nine undergraduate institutions participating in the Nebraska INBRE program.

NWU Nebraska INBRE Program

How Students Benefit

  • Undergraduate students are provided with two years of financial support beginning in the summer after their sophomore year.
  • During the first summer in the program, INBRE Scholars participate in the 10-week Research Foundations Workshop executed on the Ph.D. granting training campuses (UNL, UNMC, Creighton University).
  • The scholars then commit to part time research on their home campus during the following two academic years including full time research on their home campus during their second summer in the program.
  • Financial support is provided for these undergraduates throughout their tenure as INBRE Scholars.
  • Scholars are required to present their research at the annual INBRE meeting and at the annual meeting of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences.
  • Scholars who matriculate in a Ph.D. program at one of the participating Ph.D. granting institutions receive stipend support and tuition remission during their first year in graduate school.
  • In addition to supporting student training, the Nebraska INBRE program helps to fund core facilities (Bioinformatics, Genomics, Imaging, and Structural Biology) that contribute significantly to the biomedical research capacity in Nebraska. INBRE Scholars, and their mentors, are given full access to these facilities when conducting their own research.

How to Apply

Each year NWU selects at least three students to be INBRE Scholars. Students must be a declared science major (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics) of sophomore status, possess at least a 3.0 GPA, and exhibit a strong interest in scientific research. To apply, submit the PDF icon2017 NWU INBRE application  along with PDF icontwo completed recommendation forms by February 10, 2017.

NWU INBRE Scholars
2016 Eliza Fallick, Jacey Hain, Dalton Hegeholz
2015 Nick Johnson, Ziomara (Zee) Jurado, Alyssa Marion, Carlie Pickrel
2013 Garrett Schwindt
2012 Emmalee Fishburn, Kaitlin Weskamp, Hank Hrdlicka
2011 Andrew Cannon, Mandalyn Kautz
2010 Laura Blasnitz, Brittany Justa, Jake Oshlo

 

NWU INBRE supported faculty

Garry Gerald, ggerald [at] nebrwesleyan.edu

For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Jerald S. Bricker.  

Additional program information

UNMC Nebraska INBRE

Video on YouTube about INBRE