Minority Opportunities in Biomedical Research Programs

The MBRS RISE Program is located in MARC 270 and the MARC U*STAR Program is located in AHC4 427.


 

The RISE Program also promotes the involvement of undergraduate and graduate students in research by providing salaries for the students, tuition for graduate students, and travel funds for the students to attend scientific meetings. In a similar fashion, the MARC U*STAR Program focuses on Junior and Senior undergraduate students. The students are involved in original research and, depending on their level, are expected to present their work at professional meetings and publish their results in research journals. The FIU MORE Program also enriches FIU by bringing prominent guest speakers to campus to meet with students, cosponsoring an annual symposium and providing a clearing house for students to learn about special training programs and career opportunities in biomedical research, such as NIH internships.

FIU offers, through a variety of academic programs, advanced study and research in the biomedical area at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Physics, Computer & Information Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Dietetics & Nutrition, Environmental Studies and Psychology all offer B.A., B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. programs, and there are also opportunities in the FIU College of Medicine and in the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work.

If you are a student interested in a career in biomedical research, chances are the MARC U*STAR or MBRS RISE Programs have something for you!


News & Events


MBRS RISE PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!!!
GRADUATE APPLICATION DEADLINE - January 29th, 2016
UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION DEADLINE - February 26th, 2016

 

APPLY NOW!




The MARC U*STAR Program is now accepting applications!

Applications due March 1st, 2014



FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY BIOMEDICAL AND COMPARATIVE IMMUNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM

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BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY:

Cellular and Molecular Interactions
March 26th and 27th, 2015

Modesto Maidique Campus, MARC Pavilion
11200 S.W. 8th Street, Miami, Florida 33199

 

On behalf of the symposium organizing committee, I would like to invite you to participate in the 15th Biomedical and Comparative Immunology Symposium in Miami, at Florida International University (FIU). This annual symposium will address recent advances in our understanding of diverse biological systems and phenomena. It will focus on cellular and molecular mechanisms of fundamental processes that govern organismal development, reproduction, cellular differentiation, disease, growth and survival. We anticipate that biologists and biomedical scientists working with a variety of vertebrate (including human and other mammals) and invertebrate organisms will find the plenary sessions and other scientific presentations informative and stimulating. Please share this invitation with your colleagues, post-doctoral fellows and students. We look forward to welcoming you to South Florida where we hope you will also enjoy the weather and the wealth of cultural diversity seen in the restaurants, museums, tropical gardens and shopping centers.

 

Plenary Lectures


"Influenza Detection in RIG-1 Activation in Ducks"
Dr. Katherine E. Magor

Department of Biology
University of Alberta
http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/faculty/katharine_magor/


"Fishing for Trout Immune Cells: Going With the Flow"
Dr. Patty Zwollo

Department of Biology

The College of William and Mary
http://www.wm.edu/as/biology/people/faculty/zwollo_p.php


"Disturbed Development: Assisted Reproduction and the Epigenome"
Dr. Rocio Rivera

Department of Animal Sciences

University of Missouri
http://animalsciences.missouri.edu/faculty/rivera/


"Cortical Mechanics in Mouse Oocytes, or How Do You Like Your Eggs, Hard or Soft?"
Dr. Janice Evans

Bloomberg School of Public Health

John Hopkins University
http://www.jhsph.edu/faculty/directory/profile/1366/Evans/Janice


Please Note Following Deadlines


Travel Bursary Applications Deadline: February 6th, 2015

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 13th, 2015

Hotel Information - Reservation Deadline: March 10th, 2015 by 11:59PM


  • This year’s symposium hotel will be the Hyatt Place Miami Airport West/Doral. A block of rooms (Standard King and Standard Doubles) have been set aside for symposium attendees at a special low rate of only $139/night for Wednesday, March 25th – Thursday, March 26th and $179/night for Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th. Make sure to let hotel know you will be attending the 2015 BCI Symposium in order to receive the FIU BCI Symposium rate using the group code: G-FIU5.

    Contact Person:
    Jannina Leon, Director of Sales
    HYATT PLACE MIAMI AIRPORT WEST/DORAL
    3655 NW 82 Avenue, Miami FL 33166, USA
    T +1 305-718-8292 x 5104
    F +1 305-718-8295
    E Jannina.leon@hyatt.com

  • Please reserve your stay prior to this date. After this date, the room block will be released and any additional request will be based on availability; group rate may not apply!
    • To make your reservation, call 1-888-492-887 or click here using the Group Code: G-FIU5

Transportation


There will be transportation provided by Hyatt Place Miami Airport West/Doral from the Miami International Airport (MIA) to the hotel upon your arrival and from the hotel back to MIA for your departure. A shuttle will be chartered to pick up symposium attendees from the conference hotel on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 and Friday, March 27th, 2015.


Online (Early Bird) Registration Deadline: March 13th, 2015

Click and Register for the Eventbrite - 17th Annual Biomedical and Comparative Immunology Symposium

 

We are looking forward to another great BCI Symposium in March! Feel free to let us know if there are any questions and/or concerns.

 

Best,

 

Robert Lickliter, Ph.D. (licklite@fiu.edu)

BCI Symposium Organizing Chair

305-348-7623

 

Courtney D. Aiken (coaike@fiu.edu)

BCI Symposium Coordinator

305-348-2604

 

 


MBRS RISE
BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH INITIATIVE (BRI)
2015 FIU STUDENT SUMMER RESEARCH AWARDS


Mini-grants for FIU graduate and undergraduate students are available to fund student summer research awards in the biomedical sciences through a Program Development Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (MBRS RISE Program). Awards, up to $3000 each (with convincing budget justification) will be awarded for the summer of 2015. Selection of awardees will be based on scientific merit of the proposed project and the overall quality of the application. Applications will be reviewed and assessed according to the published criteria and ranked by external and internal reviewers. The funds are to be used for purchase of research supplies only and cannot be used for OPS wages, travel, equipment (costing $1000 or more), or books. Please note that funds are available for the purchase of scientific software (costing less than $1000) to be used in the laboratory only. Graduate and undergraduate students, currently engaged in biomedical research are invited and encouraged to apply with a sponsorship letter from their research supervisor. To be eligible for an award a student must be enrolled in a degree program at FIU and be in residence during the summer and fall of 2015. Students who will be graduating in fall 2015 are not eligible unless they (or their research supervisor) can confirm that the project will be completed by the awardee and a report on the funded project will be presented by the student at the annual MARC U*STAR & MBRS RISE Student Mini-Symposium in the fall (2015) or at the 2016 Biomedical and Comparative Immunology (BCI) Symposium (March 2016) since all award recipients are required to present their research at one or other symposia to meet the eligibility requirements of the award. The application form and instructions for submission are available electronically via email or may be obtained as hard copies from the MBRS RISE office (MARC 340). All FIU students engaged in biomedical research are encouraged to apply.


DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF COMPLETE APPLICATIONS: APRIL 3RD, 2015 BY 5:00PM.

 

RECIPIENTS OF THE RESEARCH AWARDS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AND NOTIFIED: MAY 4TH, 2015 BY

5:00PM.

 

AWARDS WILL NEED TO BE ACCEPTED BY MAY 11TH, 2015 BY 5:00PM.


Please click here for the 2015 application guidelines.


For additional information, please contact MBRS RISE Program Coordinator, Courtney Aiken at 305-348-2604 or via email at coaike@fiu.edu.


Robert Lickliter, Ph.D.
MBRS RISE Program Director
Professor, Psychology
Florida International University
Modesto Maidique Campus, MARC 340
Office: 305-348-7623
Email: licklite@fiu.edu