OURS/Alaska INBRE Undergraduate Research Assistantship Award

Summer 2019
OURS/Alaska INBRE Undergraduate Research Assistantship
Request for Proposals

Announcement Date: January 29, 2019
Submission Date: February 26, 2019, 11:59 pm AST
Awards Announced: March 18, 2019
Funding Period: May 12 - August 17, 2019

I. BACKGROUND

The Alaska IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.  The primary objective of Alaska INBRE Undergraduate Research Assistantship initiative is to provide support for a project in the biomedical sciences and health with mentorship from UA biomedical or health faculty. Students funded through this program will gain valuable experience in designing, conducting and reporting biomedical research. The purpose is to train undergraduate students in scientific methods, scientific writing, reporting, and presentation preparation.  Up to 10 Undergraduate Research Assistantships will be funded through this solicitation. Up to 5 at UAA and up to 5 at UAF. Note: UAS undergraduate students have already participated in a round of applications and review to fund summer research projects at their MAU.

II. ELIGIBILITY

During the 2018-19 academic year, applicants must have been full-time undergraduate students enrolled in programs at a UA campus and must have been in good academic standing (min. 3.0 GPA).  Applicants are expected to have identified a supporting mentor (UA faculty) and worked with that mentor to write the proposal.

III. AWARD AMOUNT

The summer URA is expected to work 40 hours a week during the summer (May 12 – August 17, 2019).  Hourly compensation will be provided at the Student Assistant C level ($10.50 - 12.50/h depending upon experience). For additional information on this wage range and student employment policies and regulations, please see http://www.alaska.edu/bor/policy/09-05.pdf.  

INBRE will also include up to $2,500 to spend on supplies and services to help support the research they conduct in their host laboratory.  The expenditure of these funds will be administered by the departmental fiscal coordinator associated with the faculty mentor.

IV. APPLICATION FORMAT AND SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

The 2019 URA Application can be found at www.alaskainbre.org under opportunities>UA students> Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA)>apply here.  Download the application and open with Adobe Acrobat to fill out.  Have your mentor download the faculty mentor checklist and fill out.

PDF FORMAT REQUIRED:  Applicants are to combine their application, unofficial transcripts from UA online, and faculty mentor checklist in a word processing program or in the PDF file and then convert the files to a single PDF document before submission.  Your faculty mentor should submit letter of recommendation to ua-akinbre@alaska.edu.  Applicants are to name the PDF as follows: “applicant’s last name_MAU campus_Mod-19 URA App.”   Example: Smith_UAA_Mod-19 URA App.    

Applicants are to submit completed applications to Alaska INBRE via the website at www.alaskainbre.org The website will take you to google forms.  Please note: the Undergraduate Research Assistantship application and Mentor checklist can be found in the Opportunities section>UA students>Undergraduate Research Assistantship.

If you have any questions regarding the file name, format, or file sizing please contact Reporting and Outreach Coordinator Jynene Black.  If you have other questions about the preparation of your application or URA guidelines and requirements please contact Dr. Kristin O’Brien at UAF or Dr. Jonathan Stecyk at UAA.  All submissions will receive an email notification of receipt by the end of the next business day.

      INBRE Application

      INBRE Mentor Checklist

V. REVIEW PROCEDURES

An ad hoc INBRE Committee will review the applications.  Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria: 1) overall scientific merit of the project; 2) relevance of the research to the overall objectives of Alaska INBRE; 3) written quality of the application; 4) the applicant’s academic standing; and 5) faculty mentor’s letter of support.  Ranking of candidates and recommendations will be submitted to the INBRE Director/PI and Co-I.  Announcement of URAs will be made on or about March 16, 2019.

VI. AWARD CONDITIONS

  •             All safety training and any compliance committee approvals, such as Institutional Review Board or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, required of the undergraduate student or proposed project by your University of Alaska campus must be completed before any work can begin.  Please check with you Faculty Mentor and their departmental safety officer.
  •             Provide a report of research progress, which will be rigorously reviewed by INBRE Management Advisory Committee for scientific progress. Your report on summer URA projects is due September 15, 2018, and shall include: A) a description of research progress and findings; B) Faculty approval; C) a complete list of publications* and presentations*; D) any outreach presented to the public, schools, or organizations about your research. All reporting will be submitted via the INBRE reporting database. All URAs will be required to comply with NIH guidelines by obtaining an eRA Commons account (if you do not currently have one) and updating their personal profile. Jynene Black will assist you in obtaining one prior to your report. You will be asked to provide your eRA Commons Username/ID when reporting to INBRE.
  •             Poster Presentation at the INBRE retreat in fall, 2019

*Presentations (oral or poster) and publications must include the following acknowledgement and disclaimer:

“Research reported (on this poster/in this publication) was supported by an Institutional Development Award

(IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P20GM103395. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily

represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH AWARD CONDITIONS WILL RENDER STUDENTS INELIGIBLE FOR FURTHER PAYMENTS OR TO APPLY FOR ANY FUTURE INBRE FUNDING.                                                                

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