Honors College INBRE Fellowship Awards in Comparative Functional Genomics

Genomics research 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 new computational tools for handling biological data would fit under this award program.  Other examples include 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.  If one is working with model organisms, a comparison to human systems that can tie the work to this award program, as well.


Honors Thesis Fellowships in Comparative Functional Genomics (INBRE/Honors)

Six thesis fellowships of $2500 are available to Honors College students who are working on their Honors thesis in biomedical research in comparative functional genomics with INBRE research scientists at the University of Maine. Eligible students are enrolled in HON 498 or HON 499 at the time of application. Fellowship applications will be judged by a committee composed of INBRE faculty. Fellowship awards also include up to $1000 for materials and supplies.

Deadline for 2019-2020 Thesis Fellowship application is 5pm 11 October, 2019
Letter of Support deadline is 5pm October 18, 2019

Eligible applicants must:

  • be enrolled in Honors 498 and Honors 499 during the year of the fellowship,
  • have completed all prior Honors curriculum requirements by the year of the fellowship,
  • and be in good standing in the Honors College (GPA greater than or equal to 3.30).

Application components Include:

  • Cover page with the name and contact information of the student, the advisor/mentor, and a working title of the project;
  • Résumé
  • Letter of support from the advisor/mentor emailed to kkurz@maine.edu please have the subject heading be Student Last Name_INBRE_Recommendation
  • Description of the work to be done on the project during the year, to be written by the student after discussion and feedback from the advisor/ mentor (no more than 3 pages).
  • Budget (attached to the description of work as a fourth page)

Detailed Guidelines for the Resume:

The RESUME should succinctly (1-2 pages) summarize your education, work experience, classroom and laboratory experience, extracurricular activities, honors, publications and oral and poster presentations.

Detailed Guidelines for the Description of Work/ Budget:

  1. SPECIFIC AIMS & HYPOTHESIS. This section should address the long-term goals of the project, why your research project is important, what problem/gap in knowledge your research addresses, and what the working model is for how you think things work (hypothesis). The Specific Aims (typically 2 – 3) are the experiments you will carry out to test your hypothesis.
  2.  BACKGROUND This section should include relevant information from the literature (cited) and any preliminary data that will help the reader understand the significance and approach of your project.
  3. EXPERIMENTAL PLAN (Methods and Expected Outcomes). This section may be organized by your Specific Aims. Briefly describe the methods you will use to carry out each Specific Aim.
  4. BUDGET and BUDGET JUSTIFICATION (not included in 3-page limit). List each supply, its price and its supplier. Supplies generally refer to laboratory supplies but could include analytical software needed specifically for the project or CPU time on a server. It does not include the purchase of computers [desktop, laptop, tablets, etc.])
  5. CITATIONS (not included in 3-page limit) in format of Cell Press, Nature Press or ASM Press.

Junior Research Fellowships in Comparative Functional Genomics (INBRE/Honors)

Three research fellowships of $1000 are available to Honors College students who are working on a research project in biomedical research in comparative functional genomics with INBRE research scientists at the University of Maine. Eligible students will have completed core honors requirements at the time of application. Fellowship applications will be judged by a committee composed of INBRE faculty. Fellowship awards also include up to $400 for materials and supplies.

Deadline for 2019-2020 Junior Research Fellowship application is 5pm 11 October, 2019
Letter of Support deadline is 5pm October 18, 2019

Applicants must:

  • have completed all prior Honors curriculum requirements by the year of the fellowship,
  • be in good standing in the Honors College (GPA greater than or equal to 3.30).

Application components Include:

  • Cover page with the name and contact information of the student, the advisor/mentor, and a working title of the project;
  • Résumé
  • Letter of support from the advisor/mentor emailed to kkurz@maine.edu please have the subject heading be StudentLast Name_INBRE_Recommendation
  • Junior fellowship proposals should encompass an important but feasible project and should express a long-range vision that will lead to a potential thesis project (no more than 3 pages).

Detailed Guidelines for the Resume:

The RESUME should succinctly (1-2 pages) summarize your education, work experience, classroom and laboratory experience, extracurricular activities, honors, publications and oral and poster presentations.

Detailed Guidelines for the Description of Work:

    1. SPECIFIC AIMS & HYPOTHESIS. This section should address the long-term goals of the project, why your research project is important, what problem/gap in knowledge your research addresses, and what the working model is for how you think things work (hypothesis). The Specific Aims (typically 2 – 3) are the experiments you will carry out to test your hypothesis.
    2. BACKGROUND. This section should include relevant information from the literature (cited) and any preliminary data that will help the reader understand the significance and approach of your project.
    3. EXPERIMENTAL PLAN (Methods and Expected Outcomes). This section may be organized by your Specific Aims. Briefly describe the methods you will use to carry out each Specific Aim.
    4. CITATIONS (not included in 3-page limit) in format of Cell Press, Nature Press or ASM Press.

INBRE/Honors College Comparative Functional Genomics Summer Research Fellowships

My summer experience allowed me to meet and learn from leading research scientists and develop life-long friendships with the next generation of scientists… summer fellows like myself!

Matthew Cronan ’10, Summer Fellow 2009

The INBRE Summer Research Fellowships program pairs individual students from the Honors College with a federally-funded biomedical researcher of the students’ choice for a 10-week hands-on summer research experience.  Funding is provided for lodging, food, and supplies for students and faculty participating in INBRE activities.

The Honors College will award two Summer Research Fellowships annually through 2018-19.   Applications will be due in January for the following summer and must be accompanied by two letters of recommendation from faculty members.

More information and a link to the online application can be found here!