Creating the Next Generation of Nebraska Researchers.
The Nebraska INBRE program strives to enhance the competitiveness of biomedical research in Nebraska. This is accomplished by developing the research infrastructure and providing research opportunities for students and faculty at Nebraska's institutions of higher education.
The Nebraska INBRE network consists of nine undergraduate institutions and three Ph.D. granting institutions that serve the network as training and mentoring institutions.
- Creighton University College of Arts and Science
- Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC)
- College of Saint Mary
- Doane College
- Nebraska Wesleyan University
- University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK)
- University of Nebraska at Omaha - College of Arts and Sciences (UNO-Bio)
- University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL)
- University of Nebraska Medical Center(UNMC)
- Wayne State College
- Chadron State College
Faculty and students on the undergraduate campuses receive support to develop research projects. This support includes faculty salaries, student stipends, equipment, supplies and travel. The aim of this component of the program is to develop research capacity on the undergraduate campuses and to enhance research opportunities for undergraduate students at these institutions.
An integral component of the program is the INBRE Scholars Program. The scholars program provides summer fellowships for advanced research training at one of the Ph.D. granting institutions, as well as research assistantships during the academic year. Scholars are provided with numerous opportunities to present work at regional, national and international scientific meetings. With the end result of the scholars program being to recruit students to graduate programs at Ph.D. granting institutions. Once a scholar has been admitted to a Ph.D. program, the INBRE project will provide support for the first year of graduate studies.
The scientific themes of the NE-INBRE program that bring the network together are cell signaling, infectious disease and structural biology. Collaborative arrangements between undergraduate faculty and research mentors are integral to the development of these focus areas and increase the research base and capacity for Nebraska. With respect to the emerging biotechnology industry in the state, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development works closely with the INBRE program through participation in summer workshops.