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INBRE provides biomedical research experiences to undergraduate and support to graduate students in Maine:

  • The INBRE Student Research Fellowship Program (SURF) provides undergraduate students
 with mentored, hands-on biomedical research experience. Maine INBRE preceptors conduct research in a variety of areas, from molecular toxicology, bioinformatics and genetics, to neuroscience.
  • 1-2 week  Laboratory Research Training Courses for undergraduates.
  • Travel awards and research support for graduate students.
  • The Maine Biological and Medical Sciences Symposium (MBMSS) is an annual two-day conference that is organized by a state-wide committee and run by INBRE that brings together researchers from across the state of Maine to present research, attend career panels, talks and poster presentations from faculty and students.
  • Students attending an INBRE undergraduate network institution should consult your home institution’s program description and contact the INBRE Executive Committee to learn about additional INBRE programs at your home institution. Many INBRE institutions offer additional summer or academic-year research opportunities.

Undergraduates at non-INBRE Maine colleges or universities are also eligible for some of these programs.

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The Maine INBRE LinkedIn page posts job opportunities, research opportunities and INBRE program alumni news.

The Bioscience Association of Maine (BioME) is a network of life science companies in Maine that provides networking opportunities for students and has a job board.

The mission of the UMaine Institute of Medicine  is to develop through innovative and coordinated research, education, and strategic partnerships transformative solutions that enhance the health and wellbeing of the citizens of Maine and beyond.

University of Maine Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering (GSBSE)

University of New England graduate programs

The MDI Biological Laboratory provides data literacy training to teachers and their students through its SEPA Program.

The Jackson Laboratory provides training on science education to students and teachers through its SEPA Program.

The Jackson Laboratory offers a Post-Baccalaureate Program for recent college graduates who wish to gain research experience prior to applying for graduate school.

The Jackson Laboratory offers high school and undergraduate research fellowships.

Statewide programs and funding opportunities for undergraduate studies in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) are available through the Maine Math and Science Alliance (MMSA).

The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) ( provides student and post-grad resources to increase access to STEM educational programs:

See Bioscience Resources in Maine page for more.

Underrepresented Students in Science