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INBRE 2019 Transition Fellowship

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WY Community College-University of Wyoming 2020 INBRE Transition Fellowship Program Instructions


Application deadline: MARCH 4, 2020 by 11:59pm MT

(online process; Instruction and links are provided below)

Fellowship studentsThrough a grant from the National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), the Wyoming Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program offers competitive fellowships for outstanding community college life science students who are transferring to the University of Wyoming to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences. The transition fellowship will provide financial support for selected students to attend UW for up to 2 years and engage in INBRE-supported research activities in addition to their degree coursework. The second year of support is contingent on meeting the requirements detailed below and receipt of continuing funding from NIGMS for Wyoming INBRE. The fellowship  is $2500 per semester for the fall and spring terms. Recipients of fellowships must transfer to UW and enroll for the fall 2020 term. During the first year of attendance, INBRE fellows will rotate through a series of laboratory experiences. In their second semester, in conjunction with a UW faculty member, they will select a laboratory program to work in for an extended time conducting independent mentored research. Depending on the project and student and faculty interest, the student may participate in additional laboratory assignments with approval of Wyoming INBRE. Transition Fellows may choose to also partipate in Honors College, McNair, and Wyoming Research Scholars Program. To maintain the fellowship, the student must comply with the following requirements:

  • work ~10 hours/week in their assigned laboratory; 

  • maintain full-time enrollment and a minimum B (3.0) grade point average;
  • attend specified INBRE events; 

  • present a poster presentation and optional oral presentation each year of the fellowship at the Wyoming INBRE Conference and Wyoming Undergraduate Research Day at the end of spring term. 


Applicants must have participated in INBRE-supported activities on their community college campus and should be entering the junior year of their undergraduate studies at the time they enroll at UW.

  1. INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICANTS

Applicants, please follow these instructions and note that items 2 and 3 should be gathered prior to the application process, each as a single PDF file: 1. Letter of application, 2. Transcripts. Note that your faculty recommender MUST submit a confidential letter (in PDF format) online by the application deadline (see section 2). When applying, students will be prompted to submit each of their 2 items as separate PDF files.

The following are required for a complete application:

  1. A completed Wyoming INBRE application cover sheet (questionnaire completed during the online application process).
  2. A letter of application including a description of the candidate’s research experiences (INBRE or other); a description of the candidate’s academic and career goals and expectations showing how these relate to his/her commitment to a career in a biomedically-related field; how the INBRE program has helped the candidate develop academically and professionally at his/her community college; how the INBRE transition fellowship award at UW will help the candidate achieve his/her career goal; and a statement of commitment to completing the INBRE research experience. The letter should not exceed two pages DOUBLE-spaced and should be comprehensive.

     This letter of application should be saved as a PDF file for submission during the online application process.

  1. A complete undergraduate transcript record. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

All transcript files (if different school transcripts are provided) should be gathered in a single PDF file that should be submitted during the online application process.

  1. A letter of recommendation from an INBRE collaborator faculty (see list of faculty collaborators below). This letter must be submitted by the faculty recommender (NOT by the fellowship applicant) as a PDF file. Instructions for this letter and a submission link are provided bellow.

STUDENTS: APPLY FOR AN INBRE TRANSITION FELLOWSHIP. Applications due by 11:59pm MT on Wednesday March 4, 2020.

  1. INSTRUCTIONS FOR FACULTY RECOMMENDERS

Faculty, please note that this letter of recommendation is a critical component of the student’s fellowship application. Therefore, it should be well crafted and should outline the qualities of the candidate that makes him/her best suited for this fellowship award. It should also emphasize the training/course work the candidate completed that prepares him/her to tackle a biomedical-related career.

If recommending several student candidates for this fellowship, you must submit each letter of recommendation separately (one submission per student) through the link provided below.

The letter of recommendation must be official (institution’s letterhead and signature of faculty should be included; NO EMAIL). Submission of these letters of recommendation is restricted to a PDF format.

FACULTY: SUBMIT YOUR LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION. Letters due by Wedneday March 4, 2020 11:59 pm MT.

***NOTE TO APPLICANTS AND FACULTY RECOMMENDERS***

The Wyoming INBRE Transition fellowship program is highly competitive and focuses on transition students who plan on a career in the biomedically-related fields. Materials such as the letter of application written and submitted by the applicant, and the recommendation letter from the INBRE collaborator/faculty, are both critical elements of these applications used to determine fellowship awardee selection. Timely submissions are paramount (late or incomplete applications cannot be considered). It is the responsibility of the applicant to gather ALL application materials on time.    

  1. TRANSITION FELLOW SELECTION PROCESS

After initial screening of applications based on the quality of the application materials (emphasis on letter of application and letter of recommendation), selected individuals may be required to give a brief presentation on their research experience and participate in an interview with the selection committee before final selection of recipients.

If you have any questions about this WY INBRE transition fellowship program, please contact the INBRE collaborators on your campus (see list below) or Dr. Florence Teulé-Finley, Wyoming INBRE Program Coordinator (fteule@uwyo.edu):

List of Community Colleges and University of Wyoming INBRE Collaborators:

  • Casper College/ UW- Casper: Dagmara Motriuk-Smith, Dino Madsen, Florence Teulé-Finley, John Chase, and Scott Seville
  • Central Wyoming College: 
Steve McAllister, Bill Finney, Tarissa Spoonhunter, Tara Womack-Schultz, Jacki Klancher, Aaron Bender and Kirsten Kapp
  • Eastern Wyoming College: Chris Wenzel

  • Laramie County Community College: Ami Wangeline, Zac Roehrs, Courtney Springer, and Suki Smaglik
  • Northwest College: Eric Atkinson, Uko Udodong, Jay Dickerson, Michael Cuddy, Elise Kimball, Allan Childs
  • Sheridan/ Gillette Colleges: Ami Erickson and Rob Milne (Sheridan); Matt Craig (Gillette)
  • Western Wyoming community College: Bud Chew, Rocky Barney, Will Clark, David Tanner, Joshua Holmes

The deadline for receipt of transition fellowship applications is by 11:59pm MT on March 4, 2020. We cannot consider late or incomplete applications.

This program is supported by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (2P20GM103432) from the National Institutes of Health. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

 

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