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Arkansas Biosciences Institute

ABI will become internationally recognized as a leader in health and life sciences research. Its multifaceted programs will strengthen Arkansas through science-based economic development including research, education, and technology.

A Leader in Health Sciences Research

By working on joint and related research initiatives, the five member organizations created a large community of scientists and researchers who can better compete for external grant awards from federal sources and national foundations, increase the number of scientists and staff supported by extramural funding, share resources (equipment and expertise), attract other scientists to Arkansas, and encourage science-based economic development in the state.

ABI Undergraduate Research Scholar Program - Accepting Applications

We are accepting student applications for the 2015-16 ABI Undergraduate Research Scholar Program.  The application form, guidelines, scholar’s responsibilities, and list of mentors are attached.

Student’s packet should contain:

  1. Statement of Interest (why the student is interested in research & this program, any research experience, career goals)
  2. An unofficial transcript
  3. Resume
  4. Two letters of reference from A-State faculty (other than selected mentor) and/or high school teachers
  1. Completed application  (Mentors will select one student to recommend/approve.)

After completing the application packet, students should contact possible mentor(s) to schedule an interview.  If a mentor recommends you, please ensure the entire application packet is submitted to hopep@astate.edu or ABI Rm 101 no later than 5:00pm Monday, November 9.

Links for this program can be found on the left side of the page

ABI Presents Research Award to Medina-Bolivar

Arkansas Biosciences Institute (ABI) recognized Dr. Fabricio Medina-Bolivar, associate professor of plant metabolic engineering, at the ABI Research Symposium in Fayetteville. ABI presented Medina-Bolivar with the "Established Investigator of the Year" award, based on his research into bio-production and discovery of plant natural products for human health. The annual award goes to an investigator from one of the five ABI institutions.

Mission Statement

The mission of the ABI is to improve the health of Arkansans through new and expanded agricultural and medical research initiatives.

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