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 2019 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.


K-INBRE Scholar


Who is eligible?

  • K-INBRE scholars must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Typically, K-INBRE scholars are sophomores, juniors, or seniors.
  • We require participation in the annual state-wide K-INBRE symposium in January 2020; thus, seniors who intend to graduate in May 2019 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 Robert Ward at:

How do I apply?

Applications are now being accepted for 2019. 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 14, 2018 . Depending on availability of funds, six to eight 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 appreciated):

Robert Ward
Attn: K-INBRE Program 
University of Kansas 
Molecular Biosciences
4004 Haworth Hall
1200 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7534


K-INBRE Scholar


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.


K-INBRE Scholar


How do I credit K-INBRE support?

Please remember, to credit NCRR's support for your research in your publications. Your publications' acknowledgments of NCRR funding and disclaimer should read as follows:

"This publication was made possible by grant number P20 RR016475 from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences P20GM103418, both components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)."


"The project described was supported by grants P20 RR016475 from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences P20GM103418 both a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)"

and as appropriate,

"Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of NCRR or NIH."

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