The Minority Diversity Initiative (MDI) in the Human Genome Sequencing Center (HGSC) aim to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the genomic sciences. Our MDI consists of a summer research program called the HGSC-Genetics/Genomics Research Education And Training (GGREAT) program, and a post-baccalaureate program called the HGSC-Pre-Graduate Education Training (PGET) program. The HGSC-GGREAT program selects six undergraduate students from local universities to participate in our nine-week summer biomedical research program. The HGSC-PGET program selects three HGSC employees with bachelor degrees and five recent college graduates to participate in our post-baccalaureate enrichment program.
We accept African American, Hispanic American, Native American and Pacific Islander undergraduate juniors and seniors into our summer program. All program applicants should have a 3.0 (and above ) GPA and major in one of the following: chemistry, biology, computer science, mechanical or electrical engineering to name a few. This internship is a paid, 9-week, residual program.
All HGSC-GGREAT participants have the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research projects while here at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). Students are placed according to their disciplines and interest, and work in biomedical research labs, engineering labs, or bioinformatics labs. Our Robotics Laboratory, Bioinformatics Department, New Technologies Laboratory, cDNA Technology Laboratory, and HAPMAP Laboratory provide summer research opportunities for the HGSC MDI students. We also place students in laboratories in the BCM Molecular and Human Genetics department. The summer program provides a stipend and housing expenses, and the post-baccalaureate pays the non-BCM employee's salary for one year.
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Last Reviewed: February 23, 2012