The University of Maine at Presque Isle

The University of Maine at Presque IsleThe The University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) is a century-old public university located in a city of 10,000. Presque Isle is the hub of the largest county east of the Mississippi River—Aroostook County, or simply “The County.” UMPI provides its 1,400 traditional and non-traditional students with liberal arts and selected professional programs. UMPI seeks to facilitate continuing discovery through a challenging curriculum and adventurous learning opportunities.

The Biology curriculum allows students to pursue various degrees in the life sciences, including a B.A. with a Pre-medical; Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity; or Self-Designed Concentration, a B.S. in Secondary Education with a concentration in Biology; as well as an Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology. For students interested in professional biology, the curriculum stresses hands-on experiences providing essential skills that are an integral part of modern biology. Low student-to-faculty ratios ensure one-on-one learning opportunities.

INBRE is providing enhanced laboratory training opportunities to UMPI students, as well as enrichment activities to increase their expertise in molecular biology.

Summer Research Fellowships

The INBRE Summer Research Fellowships Program pairs individual students with a federally-funded biomedical researcher of the student’s choice for a 10-week hands-on summer research experience. Funding is provided for lodging, food, and supplies.

Summer Research Fellowships are awarded annually to students to work with a faculty member at an INBRE network institution.

Laboratory Training Course at the MDI Biological Laboratory

Each year, UMPI students have the opportunity to participate in a two-week laboratory course at the MDI Biological Laboratory during spring break. The course focuses on using molecular biology techniques for genetic research.

Scientific Speakers Program and Enrichment Activities

INBRE supports a seminar series throughout the academic year. In addition, enrichment activities, such as visit to major research laboratories are planned during the academic year. Students have the opportunity to participate in the annual Maine Biological and Medical Sciences Symposium.