Delaware INBRE Summer Scholars Program

Program Description and FAQs

The Delaware INBRE Summer Scholars Program is an undergraduate summer research program sponsored through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) through funding to the Delaware INBRE program. In a partnership with six state institutions, including Christiana Care Health System, Delaware Technical Community College, Delaware State University, Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, the University of Delaware and Wesley College, selected undergraduate students are able to carry out independent research projects while studying full-time under a mentor to gain knowledge of research techniques and making unique scholarly or original impacts to the biomedical sciences. Regional summer opportunities are available in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire & Rhode Island.  Contact the INBRE education office, inbre-education@udel.edu, for more information.

Students are required to attend all mandatory Delaware INBRE events and also participate in an oral or poster presentation at the Research Symposium at the conclusion of the program. Scholars will be required to sign an agreement adhering to all terms and conditions of the program. Underrepresented minority groups and vetrans are especially encouraged to apply.

Eligibility

Q. How do I know if I’m eligible to apply for the Delaware INBRE Summer Scholars program?
A: All undergraduate students are eligible to apply, provided that they

Q. I’m graduating from college in the Spring before the program begins, may I still apply?
A: No, only full-time, currently enrolled undergraduate students who are rising sophomores or above are eligible to apply. High school students, graduates, and medical school students are not eligible. Ineligible applications will not be reviewed.

Application information

Q: When is the application deadline?
A: Students must have all sections of the application completed and received by 5:00 p.m. (EST) March 1, 2018. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will receive final acceptance notices by April 5, 2018.

Q: May I e-mail or fax my application?
A: Applications must be completed electronically via the Application link. Due to a high volume of applications, emails, faxes and regular mail applications will not be accepted.

Q: I have attended classes at more than one undergraduate institution. Which transcript should I include with my application?
A: Please include your most complete transcript which provides the most complete review of the courses you have taken.

Q: How are transcripts submitted?
A: Transcripts must be uploaded with your application as per Application instructions. We cannot accept applications via regular mail, fax, or email.

Q: I have a double major. How should I list my GPA?
A: Please provide the average GPA over both majors.

Q: How many letters of recommendations do I need and how are they submitted?
A: Each applicant must provide one letter of recommendation. If you have research experience, highly recommend your letter come from your research mentor.  Your recommendation letter must be uploaded through the link sent via email to your recommender. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted via email, fax, or any other method. Please be sure to correctly enter the recommenders email address and to alert them that this request will be coming prior to filling out the application.

Q: How should I have my recommenders address the recommendation letter?
A: Letters can be addressed to the Delaware INBRE Summer Scholars Program Selection Committee

Q: May I submit more than one letter of recommendation?
A: No, only one letter will be accepted.

Q: How does the Summer Scholars selection procedure work?
A: The selection procedure is as follows:

Q: How do I select the research group I will work with and/or the project I will study?
A: Applicants are asked to review the research opportunites and research institutions on this website prior to applying for the program. Once the student has determined there is a real interest in a project/mentor, the student should submit the Delaware INBRE Summer Scholars application expressing an interest in a prospective mentor in their application.

Q: If I’m not accepted for Summer Scholars, may I apply again next year?
A: We encourage students to re-apply if eligibility requirements are still able to be met.

Q: What does “Low Income” mean?
A: The term “low-income individual” means an individual whose family’s taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount. You may find your family’s income status by looking at the US Department of Education page.

Q: What does does the question “First Generation” mean?
A: A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. This means that you are the first in your family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor’s degree.

Q: Who should I ask for a letter of recommendation?
A: We accept letters of recommendation from professors who know you and/or you have studied with, research mentors, physicians you have researched with, your prior employers or volunteer supervisors and other types of supervisors you may have had prior to the internship.  As stated above, we highly recommend your letter come from your research mentor if you already have research experience. We do not accept letters from fellow students, graduate students, family members or individuals who do not know you personally.

About the program

Q:What are the start and end dates of the Summer Scholars program? Are the program dates flexible?
A: Program dates vary depending on which institution you will be performing your summer research with.

Delaware Tech begins May 21, 2018 and ends July 27, 2018 with Memorial Day and July 4th off.

Wesley begins May 29, 2018 and ends August 9, 2018 with 5 days available for time off as well as July 4th.

UD, Christiana Care, Nemours & Delaware State University begin June 4, 2018 and end August 10, 2018 with July 4th off.

Scholars must attend their institution specific orientation at the start of the program. Training is full-time.

Q: Is anything required besides full-time research in order to receive the allowance?
A: Participation in all Delaware INBRE Summer Scholar events (for example: weekly seminars, program orientation, supplemental seminars, annual retreat and final research symposium) is required. Program orientation and the final research symposium cannot be excused due to content requirements. Failure to attend other mandatory events without prior approval may result in loss of partial or full allowance.

Q: How much is the Delaware INBRE Summer Scholar allowance?
A: The allowance for Summer 2018 will range from $3500 to $5000 depending on at which institution your mentor is located. Please contact the mentor’s institution INBRE office for more information.

Q: Is housing provided?
A: Please contact the mentor’s institution INBRE office for more information. (contact list below)

Q:  I was planning on taking a summer class. Is this okay?
A: Summer classes have been shown to negatively impact research projects, shadowing opportunities, and other required events and are strongly discouraged. Any plans to take a class or other summer commitments that could impact full participation must be disclosed during the application or interview process. Failure to do so will disqualify you from the program.

Q: Will I be able to continue training with my lab/research group after my participation in Summer Scholars ends?
A: A student may continue to train with their mentor following completion of the program at the mentor’s discretion. Not all labs or research groups will have the room or funds available for additional personnel so please ask before attempting to continue the research.

Q: Who should I contact if I have questions?

University of Delaware Ms. Linda Polasko lpolasko@udel.edu
Delaware Technical Community College – Stanton Campus Dr. John McDowell jmcdowe8@dtcc.edu
Delaware Technical Community College – Wilmington Campus Dr. Mark Lafferty lafferty@dtcc.edu
Delaware State University Ms. Rohina Niamat rniamat@desu.edu
Christiana Care Health System Ms. Lauren Pigeon lpigeon@christianacare.org
Nemours/A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children Ms. Danielle Stubbolo danielle.stubbolo@nemours.org
Wesley College Dr. Malcolm D’Souza malcolm.dsouza@wesley.edu