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NHGRI MAP Portal - Research Experiences for Undergraduates


Name Goal / Purpose Eligibility Program Benefits Duration Deadline
University of Southern California-Bioinformatics Institute in Genomic Science (BIGS) [] The summer institute is concerned with aspects of bioinformatics and genomics; students explore a wide variety of topics in computational biology, bioinformatics and molecular biology Both undergraduates (normally at the junior or senior level) and beginning graduate students are eligible. Appropriate fields of study include Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. We especially invite applications from members of those minority groups that are under-represented in the sciences: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (including Alaska Natives) and natives of the Pacific Islands. To be eligible for minority support applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

A USC 4-unit course in genomics and bioinformatics will be offered, BISC 478, as well as a 2-unit seminar course, BISC 577, in which small teams of students work with a faculty member to explore selected areas of modern biology. Both credit and non-credit options are available. There will also be weekly seminars for the institute students given by research faculty.

Minority students are eligible to receive a summer stipend of $4000, on-campus housing, 6 units of tuition and travel support.

June-August Rolling Admission- check Web site for specific dates.
California Institute of Technology MURF (Minority Undergraduate Research Fellowship) []
  1. Increase critical mass of underrepresented graduate students at Caltech.
  2. Provide opportunities for students not generally familiar with Caltech to experience the research environment at Caltech.
  3. Train a diverse set of leaders in fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
  4. Promote awareness of diversity among students, faculty and staff.
  5. Provide opportunities for students who come from challenging backgrounds and must overcome significant barriers to pursue their goals of becoming a scientist or engineer.
Underrepresented minority: U.S citizens or permanent residents. MURF students receive $600/week paid in equal installments on the first business day of July and August. Students also receive a housing allowance and travel reimbursement. 10 week summer program for up to two summers. First week of January.
Human Genome Sequencing Center (HGSC) at Baylor College of Medicine HGSC-G/GREAT (Genetics/Genomics Research Education And Training) Program
To increase the number of URM in the genomic sciences by providing summer research experiences to gain knowledge and awareness of the field. Sophomores; Juniors; and Seniors

Life Science majors; Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering majors

Research Project (biomedical or engineering)

Paid housing

$664/ Bi-weekly salary

Kaplan GREprep course

9 1-2 weeks from mid-May through July. March 15th
Opportunities in Genomics Research: Undergraduate Scholars at The Genome Center at Washington University in St. Louis
To increase the number of URM who pursue genomics and proceed to the Ph.D. in a genomics related field. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors, majoring in STEM (non-majors considered only if basic courses in STEM have been taken. Competitive overall and STEM GPA. Individual mentored research Kaplan GRE prep course.

Scientific writing course.

Competitive stipend.

Paid housing and roundtrip travel to program.

Incentive to return for subsequent summers.
8-weeks (beginning late May each year) Early decision: February (date varies)

Regular Deadline:
March (date varies)
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Center of Excellence in Genomic Science
To provide a rich, unique and rewarding genomic science focused training experience for URM students. Undergraduates 40-hour workweek, $11.00/hour. Generally early June through August. Dates are flexible. N/A
University of Washington: UW GenOM Project []
  1. Expose undergraduates to diverse research fields in genome sciences.
  2. Provide an intense, mentored, research training experience.
  3. Develop leadership and scientific communication skills.
  4. Increase students' competitiveness for graduate school.
Undergraduates with an emphasis on underrepresented minority students. All participants must be US citizens or permanent residents. 20-40 hour workweek; $10.50/hour

Some housing available.

Round-trip travel expenses.

Custom embroidered labcoat.

Weekly research seminars.

Poster/oral presentation.
Generally nine weeks: late June through late August. Beginning of March
Summer Research Program in Genomics
Designed for underrepresented minority undergraduate students with an interest in the physical, biological or computer sciences, engineering or mathematics and a commitment to research. Students will spend the summer in a laboratory at the Broad Institute, where they will perform original scientific research.
  1. Must be enrolled in a four-year college;
  2. Must major in physical, biological, or computer sciences, engineering, or mathematics;
  3. Must be a US citizen or permanent resident, and an underrepresented minority.
  1. Nine week paid internship ($4000 for the summer).
  2. Paid housing on MIT campus.
  3. Paid travel expenses.
  4. Academic and career guidance.
  5. Time to explore the Boston area, as well as organized social events.
Nine weeks. Applicants accepted on a rolling basis. Final application deadline mid-April.
The Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program

To provide URM students with an immersive research experience by conducting an independent project in bioinformatics, genomics and databases under the mentorship of a faculty advisor.

  1. US citizens or permanent residents.
  2. High school graduates entering their freshman university through university seniors with at least one semester remaining in their degree program.
  3. Minimum 16 years of age.
  1. Full room and board at the Highseas student residence.
  2. Round trip travel between the student's home and The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine.
  3. $4,500 stipend.
10-week summer program, June-mid August February 2

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Last Reviewed: January 16, 2014