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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.

2016 ABI Biotechnology Research Internship

ABI is sponsoring the ABI Biotechnology Research Internship this summer.  The purpose of this program is to provide basic support for A-State students majoring in the life sciences who wish to gain research experience in areas of life sciences or applications to life sciences during the summer of their sophomore or junior years (application and mentor list attached).  All qualifying students are encouraged to apply.  We have provided a brief summary from each faculty that have elected to participate as a mentor in this program.

The students are eligible to begin as soon as school is out in May and the program runs for 10 weeks at 20 hours per week.  $500 will be provided to the supporting laboratory for research supplies.  The internship pays $2,500 and taxes will be withheld.  Application deadline is noon April 12.

Links to the necessary files can be found to the left of this article.

ABI Undergraduate Research Scholar Presentations

April 25, 2016 at 3:30 PM in ABI 107

Last fall, the ABI implemented a new program, Undergraduate Research Scholar Program, to enhance students' academic experience by providing first and second year undergraduates with opportunities to participate in hands-on research and creative work with faculty and staff.  The experience of working with a faculty or staff member who is pushing forward the frontiers of knowledge or creative expression will transform what students learn in the classroom into reality and relevance, as well as spark the student’s curiosity propelling innovation.  

The students will present what they learned and the research gained by their project on Monday, April 25 at 3:30pm in ABI 107.  All students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend.  Refreshments will be provided.

Ms. Anna Mears – Presentation title: Extracellular impacts on neural differentiation.  Mentored by Dr. Malathi Srivatsan.

Mr. Krishna Vellanki – Presentation title: Annatto Hairy Roots: A New Source for the Most Active Form of Vitamin E.  Mentored by Dr. Fabricio Medina-Bolivar.


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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