Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits?

  • K-INBRE provides research experience, personalized mentoring, and financial support to undergraduate science students who intend to pursue career opportunities in biomedical research.
  • Depending upon availability of funds, we anticipate that 2020 K-INBRE scholarships will provide up to $6,000.
  • The funds may be used for any purpose that supports the recipient's participation in research.
  • A small allowance for research supplies will be provided to the student's mentor.



Who is eligible?

  • Typically, K-INBRE scholars are sophomores, juniors, or seniors.
  • We require participation in the annual state-wide K-INBRE symposium, typically held in January. Thus, seniors who intend to graduate in May are eligible only if they can commit to attending and  presenting at the symposium.
  • Individuals that have not previously received K-INBRE funding will be given priority.
  • If you have a question about your eligibility, please contact the K-INBRE. Brian D. Ackley 

How do I apply?

Applications are now being accepted for 2021. You may download the information and application packet as a PDF file from the "apply" tab.  Application materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2020. Depending on availability of funds, eight to ten new award recipients will be selected each year.

A complete application includes the following items:

  • A completed application form
  • A current KU DPR form
  • In no more than one typewritten page (single spaced, 12 point font), please answer the following:
    • How did you become interested in science? What areas or aspects of science interest you the most and why?  Describe your long-term career aspirations and your plans for achieving these goals following graduation from KU.
  • In no more than one additional typewritten page (single spaced, 12 point font), please
    • provide a description of the project you intend to pursue with K-INBRE support. Please include any relevant previous research experience you have. You many include a separate paragraph on other research experiences that you have had that do not relate to your intended project. You should discuss your research plan with your mentor.
  • A letter of recommendation from your KU faculty mentor
  • One additional letter of recommendation


Submit all application materials to (digital copies preferred):

Brian D. Ackley 

If submitting paper copies, mail to:

Brian D. Ackley
Attn: K-INBRE Program 
University of Kansas 
Molecular Biosciences
5004 Haworth Hall
1200 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7534


How do I select a faculty mentor?

Select a faculty mentor from one of the following departments:


What are the participation requirements?

  • Scholars must maintain a strong standing in their mentor's research laboratory.
  • Scholars will be expected to immerse themselves deeply into full-time research activities during the summer period (typically 30 hours per week). Successful awards are dependent upon full summer participation.
  • Scholars will keep a proper record of all their lab activities in the form of a formal research notebook.
  • Scholars will produce a comprehensive written report of their research activities and accomplishments at the end of the year.
  • Scholars will present their research results at the annual Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium in July and at the K-INBRE state-wide symposium in January.


Please see the information and application packet for more information about expectations of K-INBRE scholars.



How do I credit K-INBRE support?

This project was supported by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number P20 GM103418. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences or the National Institutes of Health.


Supported by the Kansas INBRE, P20 GM103418.

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