INBRE grant provides $3 million for undergraduate science research at Minot State University
More than $3 million in biomedical research grant money, over the next 5 years, will allow Minot State University to continue providing science research opportunities for undergraduates.
The recently announced National Institute of Health grant provides almost $16 million for the North Dakota IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). The money will be administered through the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in collaboration with North Dakota State University. It will then go to major research projects at Minot State University and other state colleges and universities.
"What this gives students and faculty at Minot State is the support needed for salaries and projects that allow one-on-one research with undergraduates," said Chris Beachy, principal investigator at Minot State University and professor of biology. "What we’re all focusing on is the role cadmium, a heavy metal, plays in North Dakota’s environment and human health. Cadmium can have many adverse environmental effects, including causing several types of cancer."
Five Minot State University faculty members will split the INBRE grant: Beachy; Mikhail Bobylev, associate professor of chemistry; Christopher Keller, professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biology; Ursula Schittko, assistant professor of biology; and Heidi Super associate professor of biology.
Along with undergraduate research, the INBRE grant will also make it possible for students to give presentations at national meetings and allow for an increase in collaboration with tribal colleges across the state.