Montana Visiting Undergraduate Scholars


Students who want to do significant undergraduate research in the biomedical sciences are encouraged to apply to this program. Students who conduct their research at MSU must work under the guidance of an MSU faculty member. Students selected for funding will be expected to make a presentation (poster or podium) to report their findings.


  • be enrolled at an institution in one of the IDeA Network Western Region states (Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming) during spring semester directly preceding the summer term
  • be enrolled as a full time (> 12 credits) sophomore, junior, or senior in good academic standing for the upcoming fall semester
  • be a US citizen or authorized to work in the United States

Summer Program Dates

  • A Visiting Scholar is expected to dedicate 10 weeks of full-time commitment to a project between mid-May and mid-August
  • Depending on the year and other variables, there may be flexibility outside these dates, but approval should be sought from the Montana INBRE Student Program Director before applying
  • All students are expected to attend and participate in the majority of planned INBRE meetings and trainings scheduled during the summer

What areas of research to Visiting Undergraduate Scholars typically pursue?

You don’t have to own a lab coat to be a Montana INBRE Visiting Scholar. We define biomedical research broadly and support students from varying disciplines, including the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, math, applied sciences and social sciences, as well as interdisciplinary fields like public health, community health, behavioral health and others. Typical areas of student research include:

  • Cell Biology and Neuroscience
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering (Biological, Chemical, Electrical or Mechanical)
  • Psychology
  • Computational Biology (including math, computer science)
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Nursing
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Human Health and Development
  • Public and/or Community Health

What is the award amount?

  • Students receive a stipend of $6,600 for the 10-week program
  • Travel costs up to $500 are provided
  • Montana INBRE can help arrange dormitory accommodations at MSU, upon request. These accommodation costs can be requested from your home INBRE

What is the application deadline?

  • Priority application deadline is February 19, 2023
  • Applications received after March 15, 2023, are typically not considered

How do I become a Montana INBRE visiting scholar?

Before you apply, be sure that you already have:

  1. Requested and received two letters of recommendation supporting your application, at least one from a current or former professor.
  2. Obtained .PDF copies of transcripts for any relevant college or university coursework previously completed (unofficial copies are acceptable)

Begin the Montana INBRE Visiting Scholars Application

Contact Information:

If you have questions regarding the Montana Visiting Scholars undergraduate research program please contact:

Dr. Sarah Codd
Director of Montana INBRE Student ProgramsTel: 406-994-1944

Cori Huttinga
Program Specialist and Finance Manager in the Montana INBRE Office
Tel: 406-994-7531

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