On May 28, the Nebraska Institutional Development Award Program (IDeA) Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program welcomed 29 undergraduate students from across Nebraska as they embark on their summer research experience at Creighton University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and UNMC.
Below Lelisse Umeta, a biology major at Chadron State College, talks about her INBRE experience.
What should we know about you?
My top five Clifton Strength Assessment results are: Restorative, Analytical, Relator, Harmony and Responsibility.
What or who influenced your interest in science?
Innate curiosity about how living things function the way they function.
What is it about science that excites you?
The fact that you can perform an experiment and discover something that could help save lives or add one more information that could help other scientists to experiment more.
Will you pursue a career in science? If so, what do you hope to accomplish?
Yes. I would like to go through M.D./Ph.D. track and immerse myself in both the patient care as well as the research side of medical science.
Why is it important to have programs like INBRE?
It is very important to have programs like INBRE for students like me who would like to do biomedical research, because it will help us have a good base in research and prepare us with skillsets for graduate school.