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Arkansas Biosciences Institute

A Leader in Health Sciences Research

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.

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.


Arkansas Biosciences Institute is sponsoring the ABI Summer Internship during summer 2023. This program is to provide basic support for Arkansas State University undergraduate students to enhance their academic experience by providing them with opportunities to participate in hands-on research and creative work with faculty and staff - in the sciences, engineering, professional programs, arts, humanities or the social sciences (not limited to the sciences). Interns will be required to present on their experiences and findings of this project in early Fall to the A-State community.

The internship application and a brief summary from each faculty participating as a mentor in this program is provided below. All qualifying students are encouraged to apply.

The amount of each internship is $2,500 paid as stipend, for which each student will be required to work twenty (20) hours per week for ten (10) weeks. Application deadline is 5pm on Wednesday, April 26, 2023. Interns will be able to start as early as May 15.

Minimum Qualifications:

Must have completed at least 30 credit hours as of May 15 but will not complete an undergraduate degree prior to December 2023 at Arkansas State University.
Selection criteria will be based upon academic credentials and the compatibility of student and mentor research interests.

Application Process:

1. Ensure the minimum qualifications are met prior to completing application

2. Review and select mentor/research interests from attached summaries

3. Complete application packet requirements

4. Contact possible mentor to schedule an interview and send the application packet requirements to possible mentor before the interview

5. If a mentor recommends you, please ensure the entire application packet is submitted to prpattada@astate.edu or ABI 101 prior to the deadline (April 26). Limit one applicant submission per mentor.

2023 ABI Summer Internship Proposed Timeline:

Accepting students applications: April 12 - April 26 at 5:00 pm

Notify students and mentors: no later than May 3

• Students may start as early as May 15


Mentor List And Descriptions


ABI Request for Proposals

The A-State Arkansas Biosciences Institute (ABI) is soliciting proposals from A-State faculty (applicants must be current tenured, tenure-track, or affiliated (as approved by Graduate Council) faculty on the Jonesboro campus) to provide seed funds for new discoveries consistent with the mission of ABI that will lead to nationally competitive grants and publications. Details are provided in the Request for Proposal 2023-25 for 2 years.

Please note Eligibility and Requirements:

PIs are not eligible if they have a funded ABI seed grant in FY23.

Researchers previously awarded an ABI seed grant which led to submitted grant proposals must provide the agency, grant title and date submitted. The proposal submissions from previous ABI seed grants (if any) will be a factor in the evaluation process.


March 1 – Letter of Intent due, email to Prathima Pattada (prpattada@astate.edu) “This deadline has passed.”

April 14 – Complete Proposal due, attachments uploaded into Cayuse & approvals complete “This deadline has passed.”

June 12 – Notice to Funded Recipients

July 1 – Project funding begins

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