To promote entrepreneurial engagement and education ASCEND will host a number of entrepreneurial events and promote other events of interest.  


University of Montana Center for Translational Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program

Key Dates:
Applications due: March 1, 2021
Anticipated selection date: April 1, 2021
Anticipated Start date: May 10, 2021
Funding Period: up to 14 weeks

The Center for Translational Medicine (CTM) at the University of Montana is a multi-disciplinary research center that assists faculty, staff, and students in the translation of research ideas from bench to bedside. To provide additional opportunities for undergraduate students to obtain valuable research experience CTM will support a select number of summer interns in the labs of participating faculty at UM during the 2021 summer session. Support will include wages ($10-12 per hour depending on experience) for a full time (40 hours per week) summer employment for up to 14 weeks. CTM will also include up to $1000 in lab supply moneys to directly support the intern’s research during this period (General Terms and Conditions below). Applicants, together with their faculty mentors, must submit a proposal that details the proposed research, how it relates to translational medicine and a plan for training and mentorship of the intern (safety, good documentation practices and lab notebook best practices must be addressed during the first week for new interns).

Undergraduate intern must be enrolled in a University (any accredited 4-year University) as a full-time student during the spring 2021 semester (2021 University graduates are not eligible). To be eligible, undergraduate student applicants must identify a faculty mentor to sponsor their application. The mentor must be an affiliate faculty member of the CTM (

Criteria for evaluation:
Applications should be written by students with faculty guidance since the application process itself is intended to provide instructional value to the students. Review criteria include:

  • Prior academic and scholarly performance of the student (student resume and currentcollege transcript (unofficial) is required as part of the application). Priorundergraduate research experience is not required.
  • Likelihood of the project providing a safe, positive research experience for the student inan area relevant to their intended or current degree program.
  • Likelihood of summer research allowing the student to showcase their work in apresentation, poster or manuscript in a peer reviewed journal or professional conferencesuch as UMCUR.
  • Mentorship plan that helps the student learn valuable technical skills and develop critical thinking skills as an independent researcher.
  • Relevance of the research experience to translational medicine. Builds on basic research advances (studies of biological processes using cell cultures, for example, or animal models) and uses them to develop new therapies, devices or medical procedures.

To apply:

  • Due on March 1, 2021 to
  • Use Arial 12 font, single space with 0.5” margins
  • Application should include the following:
    • Research strategy/approach (up to 2 pages in length)
      • Background
      • Specific aims/approach
      • Applicability to translational medicine
    • Bibliography (from research strategy/approach)
    • Student Resume
    • Student (unofficial)Transcript
    • Letter of support/mentoring plan from Faculty Mentor (1 page)
    • Completed applications must be received as a single PDF document (email to by March 1, 2021.


Tribal Researchers' Cancer Control Fellowship Program 

June 6-18, 2021, supported by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board NARCH.  Application deadline March 12, 2021.


ASCEND Commercialization Course

Learn the basics of biomedical commercialization! The ASCEND Hub hosted the Bridging the Gap: Commercialization virtual short course in October for faculty, staff, and students at academic institutions in the Western IDeA States. This four-week course covers overviews of these topics:

  • Commercialization Path
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Innovation Funding
  • Pitch Deck Preparation

We meet one hour a week to discuss what the participants learned on their own through ASCEND Hub webinars and suggested readings. Please contact Kathy Foster at with questions and inquiries about upcoming commercialization course cohorts.


NIH COVID-19 Website

The NIH has a new COVID-19 website with up to date information on the following:

  • Testing: Learn about NIH's efforts to create and distribute accurate, widely available COVID-19 tests.
  • Treatments and Vaccines: Discover how NIH is speeding the development of the most promising vaccines and treatments.
  • NIH Strategic Response: Explore NIH's cross-cutting strategies for supporting research, fostering innovation, and ensuring accessibility.
  • Clinical Trials: NIH wants to make sure that new vaccines and treatments work for everyone — not just for some. Learn more about clinical
    trials for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics and how you can participate in research. 
  • Funding: Get information on NIH-funded research on COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2.

To access the site and for more detailed information, please click here.


NIH Small Business Education and Entrepreneurial Development (SEED)

NIH SEED supports the NIH innovator community in their efforts to validate the potential health impacts of promising scientific discoveries and advance them into healthcare products that improve patient care and enhance health. Developing products across the biomedical spectrum requires NIH’s collaboration with universities and research institutions, small businesses, trade associations and societies, angel investors, venture capitalists, and strategic partners. SEED leads initiatives that develop these relationships and build opportunities for NIH innovators to further their product development efforts.

To access the site and for more detailed information, please click here.


NIH Small Business Success Stories

The NIH SEED office has created a new website that highlights the products and services small businesses have developed with NIH support. The website works as a new interactive mapping tool to highlight the amazing stories of success that have come out of NIH small business investments. Now it’s easy to find stories from different parts of the country. You can look up stories by disease area, or even by the type of technology or product development stage! NIH funding and support helps create a solid foundation for small businesses, allowing them to pivot to address emerging public health needs like the coronavirus pandemic.

Click here to learn more!