INBRE scholars: Meet Madelyn Warren
They are called INBRE scholars and are part of the largest grant in UNMC history.
Today we feature Madelyn Warren, a junior studying molecular biology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney
Tell us about yourself.
I have three younger sisters who are a huge part of my life, I enjoy reading all kinds of books as well as writing my own stories, and I love animals of all sorts.
Has science always been a part of your life?
I really wanted to be a research scientist starting from the sixth grade. I remember being really interested in all sorts of science -- genetics, astronomy, biology, etc. -- in elementary school. I'd constantly ask my dad to explain things like molecules, and I read a lot of science books as well.
How is science important to you?
School was always important in my family, but I see science as another way of looking at the world. A lot of people think science is very cold, emotionally distant, but science has opened up a new definition of beauty for me. The more I learn, the more wonderful the world around me seems.
Why did you choose to participate in the INBRE program?
INBRE is a huge opportunity for me. I wanted to be involved in research, and I wanted to be sure my dreams of a future in research actually matched the reality. Above all, it was a new experience for me. I love new experiences, and INBRE in particular has so many benefits I couldn't pass it up.
What do you hope to gain from the program?
I hope to expand my definition of scientific research. I hope to learn how to be a good researcher and see what kind of topics I can work with in the future.
The INBRE program
Established in 2001, the INBRE program was created to expose students to serious biomedical research, build a statewide biomedical research infrastructure between undergraduate and graduate institutions and to strengthen undergraduate institution's infrastructure and increase its capacity to conduct cutting-edge biomedical and behavioral research.
The students, referred to as INBRE scholars, enter the program after completing their sophomore year of college upon recommendation by their college professors. The students are given a two-year scholarship and spend 10 weeks each summer conducting research on either their home campus or at UNMC, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln or Creighton University.
At the end of the summer the students attend the INBRE annual meeting where they will give an oral presentation.