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Undergraduate Biotechnology Research Fellowship

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This program is intended for undergraduate science and engineering majors in conjunction with a research mentor in order to encourage interest in and preparation for careers in biotechnology. Undergraduate research funded in this program must have strong relevance to biotechnology science, technology, and applications; and must fall into at least one of the following different tracks:

  • Agricultural Biotechnology projects have relevance to agricultural biotechnology science, technology, and applications. Research using a cotton system or directly applicable to the cotton industry is encouraged, but not required.
  • Industry-Relevant Projects should directly involve pharmaceutical and/or biotechnology-related industry. Examples include research internships at companies, on-campus research on a problem in collaboration with a specific company, or research on applications demonstrably near commercialization.
  • Collaborative Projects should enable students to engage in research collaborations between different institutions and/or permit students to work on projects at site(s) outside their home institution. Interdisciplinary research collaborations are especially encouraged.
  • Regionally-Relevant Projects focus on problems relevant to the needs, and/or biotechnology-related industry important to a specific region in North Carolina (e.g., marine biotech, natural products).

Any public or private four-year college or university in North Carolina may submit separate applications for up to three students for the Undergraduate Biotechnology Research Fellowship. Institutions are expected to coordinate their student selection process.  Fellowships are $5,000 per student unless noted and can be allocated to student and faculty stipends, travel, and/or student research support. Award period is from May 2013 to May 2014.

Student Fellows will be required to:

  • Work a minimum of 400 hours on their research;
  • Present a paper or poster at an appropriate professional conference;
  • Attend a regional, state, or national meeting on the business aspects of biotechnology.