Undergraduate Research in Comparative Functional Genomics (INBRE)

Available Scholarships:

  • Senior year: Six $3,500 fellowships ($2,500 stipend and up to $1,000 for supplies)
  • Junior year: Three $1,000 fellowships ($1,000 stipend)

Application Deadline: 11 October 2019
Letters of Support: 18 October 2019


The Maine IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) is an NCRR/NIH supported network of thirteen Maine institutions including Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, the University of Maine, and the Honors College at the University of Maine.

The overall goal of the Maine INBRE is to strengthen Maine’s capacity to conduct NIH-competitive biomedical research.  Maine’s INBRE provides research support and core facilities to junor faculty, creates research and training opportunitieis for undergraduate and graduate students, and serves as a pipeline for students to pursue health research careers and enhance the scientific and technological knowledge of Maine’s workforce.

Through the INBRE grant, the Honors College is able to provide our student with these outstanding opportunities for research in comparative functional genomics:

This collaboration affords wonderful opportunities for UMaine Honors College students who aspire to challenging and rewarding careers in science.  They work directly with leading scientists on meaningful projects, gaining valuable skills and perspectives without leaving Maine.

Robert Kennedy, Former President, University of Maine

With regard to “comparative functional genomics” this is not necessarily as exclusive as it sounds.  If one is working with model organisms there is always the comparison to human.  In addition, genomics current includes all the “-omics”, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, phenomics, since they all tie back to the genome.  However, functional genomics extends well beyond that, spanning the biological, physical and computational sciences and engineering.  Therefore, Honors projects that would involve research on development of a new computational tools for handling biological data would fit this limitation.  Other examples include the research on the development of new analytical tools, e.g. more sensitive devices or smaller devices particularly if there is an obvious human health application.

INBRE gives Maine’s students the ability to engage in biomedical research through the sharing of research resources and expertise among research and educational institutions in the state. We’re thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to UMaine Honors College’s outstanding students.

Patricia H. Hand, Principal Investigator, Maine INBRE, MDI Biological Laboratory

For more information about scientific aspects of Undergraduate Research in Functional Genomics in the Honors College contact

Professor Sally Dixon Molloy
MBMS and Honors

For more information about the administration of Undergraduate Research in Functional Genomics in the Honors College, please contact

Interim Dean Stephanie Welcomer
Honors College