OK-INBRE SMaRT Program for students with 70 or fewer credit hours


Application Deadline:  March 31st each year

The OK-INBRE SMaRT (Summer Mentoring and Research Training) Program supports faculty time and effort for enhancing undergraduate involvement in research endeavors.  The SMaRT program provides students that are completing their first or second undergraduate year the opportunity to spend a summer conducting research with a faculty mentor at their home institution.  The faculty mentor will nominate up to two students for participation in a summer research project that is biomedically related and falls within the themes of the NIH and the OK-INBRE program, which are Cancer, Developmental Biology, and Infectious Diseases.  The project period over the summer is typically eight to ten weeks.


Faculty and students at the following institutions are eligible:  University of Central Oklahoma, Northeastern State University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Langston University, Cameron University, East Central University, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Rogers State University, Oklahoma City Community College, Tulsa Community College, Redlands Community College, College of the Muscogee Nation.


The application should include:
Cover page signed by the department Chair.  It should include:
name of the faculty mentor
all contact information
title of the summer project
project period
name of the student(s) proposed for the project
student GPA
number of AP hours
number of course hours earned
number of hours in progress

  • Brief description of the proposed project.  Limit is one page, single spaced, with one-inch margins.
  • Student career development and enrichment plan.  Faculty should be sure to include the academic and professional skills, experiences, and benefits a student would derive from working on their project.   The goal of the SMaRT Program is to expose students to the reality of academic scholarship early in their undergraduate years, so students should be included as much as feasible in the project, although they are not required to play a leading or independent role.
  • Biosketch for the faculty mentor in NIH format with working bibliography links.
  • Transcript(s) of student researcher(s). Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

Student Eligibility

Overall 3.0 GPA minimum required
Students with 70 credit hours or less by the beginning of the summer term are eligible.
 AP hours will NOT be counted towards the 70-hour maximum.  All course credit hours, even if not applicable to the intended degree, will be counted towards the 70-hour maximum.
Course hours that are not calculated in the GPA will still be counted towards the 70-hour maximum.

Students who exceed the 70-hour maximum will not be eligible for the SMaRT program, but can apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
A maximum of two students may be nominated for the summer project. 

Budget Limitations

Total project budget cannot exceed $6,000.
Wages for one or two students can be supported by the project at the rate of $12.17 maximum per hour.  Fringe may also be requested.
Supplies for each student on the project can be requested in the amount of $500 per student (maximum $1,000).
Faculty salary including fringe benefits may be requested not to exceed $2,500 for salary and fringe combined.
F&A costs are not permitted.


Please submit the application and all supporting documentation as a single PDF file to the OK-INBRE Program at okinbre@ouhsc.edu.  A paper copy is not required.  Faculty applicants will be notified by email in April.

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