Maine INBRE is taking steps to increase awareness of the opportunities that are offered throughout the state and to enhance diverse perspectives in our network through:

Annual In-Person Visits with interactive gatherings of diverse students and faculty to discuss interests, challenges, and research opportunities in the network;

Identifying students who have barriers to participation in research with help from the Offices of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Student Engagement and Inclusion on each campus. And through the assistance of Student-led organizations that support students who might need added encouragement to consider applying for research fellowships or attend short courses designed to engage students in laboratory research;

Creating web-based tools designed to identify research interests, find research collaborators, and prepare grant applications:

Science Career Toolkit – provides resources for networking and career planning

Student Central – highlights the research programs available and provide how-to videos for applications; provide a searchable database for connecting students and faculty through research area expertise and skillset

Collaborating with the two SEPA programs in Maine :

The MDI Biological Lab SEPA (partners INBRE faculty with rural secondary school teachers and students, to sample well water for arsenic and other toxic metals, promoting both data literacy and public health goals) and The Jackson Lab SEPA (providing high school science teachers skills and resources to improve genomic instruction in Maine);

Collaborating with the Roux Institute and Educate Maine, organizations that have outreach activities targeting rural, underserved Maine communities;

Creating social media campaigns to advertise opportunities – LinkedIn ME-INBRE group

Contact Dr. Jane Disney, Community Outreach Director, at gro.lbidmnull@yensidj to share resources or find out how to get involved in Maine INBRE.