Mount Desert Island Biology Lab

Each summer, over 30 undergraduates from Maine and across the United States participate in research fellowships at MDIBL. Undergraduate fellows work in the laboratory of an MDIBL investigator on an independent project designed by the student and their mentor. Laboratory training can include techniques in molecular biology, physiology, and bioinformatics. Projects are wide-ranging and could include the comparative study of a laboratory animal (zebrafish, roundworm, sea urchin, etc.), cultured cells, and biological tissue preparations. While most projects are laboratory-based, some include a field component. In pursuing their independent research project, students attend weekly seminars given by MDIBL scientists and invited speakers from other institutions discussing a variety of topics in the biological and environmental sciences.

The application deadline for Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships at MDIBL is January 10, 2014. Many of these fellowships are provided through INBRE funding for students from Maine colleges and universities.
Program information and application instructions are online at

All application materials, including recommendations and transcripts with fall 2013 semester grades, must be received by the deadline of January 10, 2014.

Questions may be directed to:
Judi Medlin
Education Coordinator
207-288-9880 x102