FHSU could get $500,000 of NIH money for biomedical research over 5 years

Fort Hays State University could receive up to $500,000 of National Institutes of Health (NIH) money over the next five years to use for undergraduate biomedical research.

The money is part of an $18.5 million, five-year grant to the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, in its role as the lead institution for a Kansas research network -- the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE, pronounced
KAY-IN-bree in the jargon of the field), which includes nine universities.

At FHSU, the money will be used for research supplies, equipment and personnel (an estimated $223,915 over the five years); for 15 semester undergraduate scholarships (potentially $60,000); up to 10 Star Trainee Awards for seniors or first-year graduate students ($200,000); and $16,085 to attend research meetings and conferences and to participate in the K-INBRE information network.

"Overall, the purpose of the grant is to provide biomedical research experiences for undergraduate students," said Dr. Mike Madden, professor of allied health and director of medical diagnostic imaging programs at FHSU. "At FHSU, students may apply for scholarships and the supplies needed to conduct a biomedical research project with a faculty mentor," he said. "In the previous K-INBRE grant, excellent research studies were completed by students and faculty in biology, chemistry, health and human performance, and medical diagnostic imaging."

More than half of the grant money provides scholarships for students interested in conducting a biomedical research study with a faculty mentor.  In the three semester grants available each year at FHSU, students can apply for $4,000 each year, which would allow them to replace their part-time job with a research project. If students are interested in attending a Ph.D. program in the state of Kansas, they can also apply for the two Star Trainee Awards at FHSU that provide $10,000 during their senior year and $10,000 during their first year of graduate school; altogether, each student would receive $20,000. Over the five years of the grant award, FHSU students could collectively receive $260,000 in scholarships.  

K-INBRE, established in 2001, is designed to strengthen the ability of Kansas researchers to compete effectively for NIH funds by building a "'critical mass' of junior and senior biomedical investigators," according to K-INBRE's statement of objectives, published on its Web site, www.kumc.edu.

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