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Bringing Research Into the Classroom (BRIC)

SEPA INBRE Research Scholar Program

Summer 2019 Open

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

You are eligible to apply for up to $4,600 in undergraduate research stipends for the SEPA INBRE Research Scholar Program! 

Program Options

  • Montana Tech 6-Week Program: Open to High School and College Students
  • Montana State University Bozeman, 5 or 10 Week Programs: Open to College Students and Incoming College Students (5 week only).

Participating Universities:

Blackfeet Community College
MSU – Billings
Stone Child College
Carroll College
MSU at Bozeman
UM – Missoula
Chief Dull Knife College
MSU – Northern
UM – Western
Aaniiih Nakoda College
MT Tech
Flathead Valley Community College
Fort Peck Community College
Rocky Mountain College
Little Big Horn College
Salish Kootenai 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:

Montana Tech SEPA INBRE Research Scholar Program Form

Montana State University Bozeman SEPA INBRE Research Scholar Program Form

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