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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 is proud to sponsor the sixth annual “ABI Undergraduate Research Scholar Program” (URS).  The URS Program is dedicated to enhance the academic experience of students by providing first and second year undergraduates with opportunities to participate in hands-on research and creative work with faculty and staff.  Discovery and creativity are the cornerstones of our greatness as a university - in the sciences, engineering, the arts or the social sciences (not limited to the sciences). 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.

Documents attached relate to the program (also on the ABI website):

Seeking Mentor Online Application 
URS Introduction and Guidelines
Mentor and Scholar Responsibilities

How To Apply to be a Mentor: Complete the online application which includes: 1.) a short paragraph describing the research/project/creative works that you do (in layman’s terms); 2.) details of how your research/project adheres to the ABI Mission Statement; and 3.) details of how this will contribute to the scholarly and/or creative community.  All current full-time A-State faculty/staff and affiliated faculty/staff that have an area of expertise/research that adheres to the ABI Mission Statement are eligible.

 A list of faculty/mentors, that have been approved by ABI, will be provided to the students to select their top 5 mentor preferences.  Mentor’s will review the student’s online applications, interview from those 5 and decide (as long as qualifications are met) who the mentee will be. The mentor will only be able to select 1 mentee.

ABI Mission Statement: to improve the health of Arkansans through new and expanded agricultural and medical research initiatives.

Mentor’s Responsibilities

  • Mentors will receive a $1,250 stipend to purchase supplies for the research/project/creative work.
  • Mentors agree to supervise and assist the scholar, encourage involvement (as appropriate) the scholar in possible publications, attend the Annual Fall ABI Research Symposium (if possible), participate in Create@State, participate in podcasts, and guide the scholar in preparation of their presentation from their research findings.

If you are interested in being an intern mentor, please complete the online application by 11:00am Monday, Sept. 27.  Each scholar will be expected to work 10-15 hours per week thru May 15. 

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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