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Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

Nevada INBRE offers an exciting opportunity for undergraduates to have a hands-on laboratory experience in an emerging field of biomedical science such as genomics, proteomics, biological imaging, bioinformatics, or any field of research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

INBRE will select recipients for $4,000 awards for students to work with a faculty mentor on an independent research project. An INBRE summer research experience will enrich your science education, allow you to gain first-hand knowledge about a scientific career, and will give you a competitive edge on graduate school, medical school and job applications. UROP projects often lead to longer term collaborations, publishable research, and careers in medicine or biomedical research.

Program Compensation

This program provides student recipients with an award of $4,000. Each mentor receives $1,000 to defray the cost of lab supplies. Because all recipients will be immersed in time-intensive research, participants are not allowed to be engaged in other course work or employment.

Program Guidelines

  • Research projects will begin in early June and include 10-week, full-time, independent research. The mentor must be present during the entire program or the student may become ineligible.
  • Students are required to attend an opening ceremony which includes a program orientation and required laboratory safety class.
  • Students are required to attend a series of seminars and workshops focused on assisting students planning to pursuing biomedical research careers.
  • All students will present their research project at a poster meeting at the end of the summer.


Students must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • US citizens and permanent legal resident aliens
  • 2.5 minimum GPA
  • Undergraduates enrolled at UNR, UNLV, NSC, CSN, GBC, TMCC, or Sierra Nevada College OR students from Western IDeA states (Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico or Wyoming).
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not received an INBRE UROP scholarship in the past.

Acceptance of this award may impact a student's income level to a degree that could affect eligibility for student loans, and other scholarship/fellowship opportunities. If an applicant has any concerns in this area, it is the student's duty to consult with a campus financial aid advisor. The University does not provide tax advice. If you have questions about possible tax liabilities, you may refer to the IRS web site:



  • Once you begin the online UROP application, you must complete the entire application.  You cannot save it and go back in to add information.
  • You will need the name, phone number and email for both your mentor and you reference.  The application will automatically send them a link to the reference form to fill out.  All references need to be submitted directly by the author by the application deadline. Your references will not receive the link to the reference form until your application is fully submitted.  Please be sure to allow at least enough time for your references to complete the reference form by February 27, 2015.  If your reference does not receive the link, please contact Jessica Garfield and we can send you a link directly.
  • Before you begin, you must have your personal statement and project proposal in PDF format to upload.

PERSONAL STATEMENT:  Please describe a) your academic background, b) scientific interests, c) any past research experience, and d) what you hope to gain from the research experience.  Do not exceed one page.

PROJECT PROPOSAL:  Please create a brief research proposal that is approved by the faculty mentor.  The proposal should be a concise statement including a clear hypothesis to be tested or questions to be asked.  Do not exceed two pages.

  • In the online application, you have the option of uploading a PDF of your unofficial transcripts, or you can hand deliver them to Savitt Medical Science 45, or mail to:

    Jessica Garfield, NV INBRE Administration, 1664 N. Virginia Street MS 0460, Reno, NV   89557

The application is now closed.  We expect to notify award recipients by April 6, 2015.

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