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Research Experience for Undergraduates in Molecular Physiology and Environmental Stress

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Undergraduate Students

Each summer, over 40 undergraduates from around the United States participate in a research fellowship at MDIBL. Undergraduate students work in the laboratory of an MDIBL investigator on an independent project designed by the student and their mentor. Laboratory training can include techniques in molecular biology, physiology, and bioinformatics. Projects are wide-ranging and could include the comparative study of a laboratory animal (zebrafish, roundworm, sea urchin, zooplankton, shark, etc.), cultured cells, and biological tissue preparations. While most projects are laboratory-based, some include a field component. In pursuing their independent research project, students attend weekly seminars given by MDIBL scientists and invited speakers from other institutions discussing a variety of topics in the biological and environmental sciences.


Undergraduate research fellowships are 8 - 10 weeks long, from mid June to mid August.


Students may select a summer research mentor from among the Lab’s full time or visiting faculty whose research matches their personal scientific interests and career goals. Students applying to the Maine INBRE undergraduate program may select a mentor from MDIBL or one one of several Maine INBRE institutions.

Campus living

Undergraduate summer research fellowships are 8 – 10 weeks long. Students are typically housed in either Spruce or Birch Hall. Meals are served in the MDIBL Co-op (called Co-op because students are responsible for their own meals on weekends).

Weekends are typically free and students enjoy recreational activities including hiking in Acadia National Park, swimming in one of Acadia’s pristine ponds, biking, running, sand pit volleyball, soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, kayaking, or just relaxing on the Lab dock.

Application Deadline: 2/1/2019
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Program Dates: 6/2/2019 - 8/10/2019

Participating Institution(s):
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Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) (Lead)

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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Bioinformatics & Genomics
Cellular Biology
Environmental Sciences
General Medical & Life Sciences
Genetics & Genomics
Marine Sciences & Oceanography
Molecular Biology
STEM Fields

Developmental Biology
Environmental Toxicology
Estuarine Science
Functional Genomics
Genomic Analysis
Marine Ecology
Molecular Genetics

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 11/9/2018
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