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Bringing Research Into the Classroom (BRIC)

About the BRIC Program

The Bringing Research Into the Classroom (BRIC) project based at Montana Tech in Butte, MT has been providing research experiences for Montana teachers and students since 2012. To date, BRIC has provided phage discovery to more than 7,000 students including some of Montana’s most remote communities. The BRIC project offers two years of intensive professional development for the 28 participating teachers and four years of 3-day in-class visits for their students. BRIC teachers engage in authentic research experiences and prepare manuscripts summarizing their findings.  Teachers’ personal research experiences inform their mentoring of K-12 student research projects. 

Since 2014 the BRIC Program has:

BRIC Next Steps

BRIC Next Steps

Scale-up and sustainability of the BRIC program will be a primary focus in the final year of the grant. The program partners are currently looking to expand BRIC programming by training current BRIC teacher leaders to mentor teachers within their school districts to provide phage-discovery programming. Additional ideas include expanding remote labs within schools who host current BRIC teacher leaders. Scale-up ideas include expansion of online courses and increased partnership opportunities with INBRE and other grant projects.

Publishable Research

Publishable Research

Characterization of a Bacterium Isolated from Hailstone in Butte, Montana

By: M. Lane and A. Walter: Submitted to Intermountain Journal of Sciences

 

Development of a Plaque Assay System for Streptococcus salivariuson BHI Agar

By: K. Walter: Submitted to Intermountain Journal of Sciences

 

SEPA → INBRE Biomedical Pipeline

SEPA → INBRE Biomedical Pipeline

Undergraduates:

Hannah Sparks, Montana Tech – INBRE Summer Undergraduate, Research Fellow

Autumn Lineback, Montana Tech—SEPA/INBRE Research Scholar*
*Former BRIC student at Billings West High School

High School Students:

Erin Fogarty, Butte High School/Montana Tech—SEPA/INBRE Research Scholar*
*Former BRIC student at Butte High School

Bo Rost, Baker High School/Montana Tech—SEPA/INBRE Research Scholar*
*Former BRIC student at Baker High School

Kenna White, Butte High School/Montana State University—SEPA/INBRE Research Scholar



Additional Funding for BRIC

Additional Funding for BRIC

Montana Genomics Core Illumina Sequencing Grant

Sequencing for 8 BRIC phage genomes

SEPA INBRE Research Scholar Program

Fall 2018 & Spring 2018 OPEN

Did you participate in the BRIC Phage Discovery Program at your high school or middle school?

You are eligible to apply for either a $900 OR $4,500 undergraduate research stipend for the SEPA INBRE Research Scholar Program! 

Program Options

  • $900 Per semester at any participating college in Montana.
  • $4,500 for a 10-Week  Summer program at either Montana State University or Montana Tech.

Participating Universities:

Montana Tech
Montana State University
Montana State University – Billings
Rocky Mountain College
Carroll College
University of Montana
University of Montana Western
Flathead Community College

Eligibility:

Students in fields as diverse as the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, medical- or veterinary career preparation who are considering careers that can contribute to biomedical research advances are eligible for this program.

Interested?

Let us know you are interested in the SEPA INBRE Research Scholar Program by filling out the form below:

SEPA INBRE Research Scholar Program Form