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INBRE scholars: Meet Maggie Linn Bartlett

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Maggie Linn Bartlett
Twenty-two undergraduate students are spending the summer at UNMC doing research.

They are called INBRE scholars and are part of the largest grant in UNMC history.

Today we feature Maggie Linn Bartlett, a junior majoring in biotechnology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

What should we know about you?
I am co-author of two papers that were published this year: "Detection and Quantitative Assay of 2-ThioBarbituric Acid From Inert Solid and Solubilized Samples by Spectrometer," accepted Jan. 7 and published by Environmental Science: An Indian Journal; and "Detection and Quantitative Analysis for 2-ThioBarbituric Acid Utilizing Uv-Visible Spectrophotometer," accepted Feb. 16 and published by the American Journal of Pharmacological Sciences

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What or who influenced your interest in science?
In the second grade, we took field trips to a local pond and took samples to examine. I continued the practice and would conduct experiments of my own.

What is it about science that excites you?
Curiosity has always been my crutch. Defining what is undefined is both intriguing and challenging, and I like being put up to the task.

Will you pursue a career in science?
I absolutely will pursue a career in science. I aspire to obtain my Ph.D. in either vision science, evolutionary biology, or a combination of the two. One day I will run my own laboratory after many years in school and training, and with some luck along the way I may help the science world with my efforts.

Why is it important to have programs like INBRE?
Programs like INBRE are extremely important because, for people who are seriously considering biomedical research, it gives them a "trial run" at the whole process. It's a long enough time frame, with real hands-on experiments and top-notch mentoring that gives insight into what the future holds. For some, it gives them a glimpse into a world they weren't quite anticipating and helps them prepare for the next step in their career path.

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The INBRE program

Twenty-two students from 11 different undergraduate and community college programs have joined the Institutional Development Award Program (IDeA) Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)/ Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) program. The INBRE/BRIN program is overseen by James Turpen, Ph.D., a professor in UNMC's Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy, and principal investigator of the $17.2 million National Institutes of Health grant that supports the 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.