U of U Pediatrics: Genomics Summer Research for Minorities (GSRM)

Project Description:

The Genomics Summer Research for Minorities (GSRM) internship provides a ten-week summer research program for undergraduate students interested in in biosciences or bioinformatics with a focus on genomics research, including ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genomics research. The GSRM is funded by an NIH Research Education Program (R25) and supported by the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics. The paid internship provides students with placement in world-class genomics research groups, tailored mentorship, professional development workshops and access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Interns have the opportunity to interact with a thriving community of scientists, physicians and mentors that recognize the need to promote diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workforce. 


Time spent performing research and attending educational, networking and career building professional activities is approximately 40 hours per week.


  • Each GSRM position is considered employment. Completion of work hours and assignments are required to receive up to $5,500 for the summer.
  • Housing on the University of Utah campus will be provided.
  • Non-local participants will receive travel support.
  • Attend a national conference
  • Clinical shadowing opportunities

NOTE: While we are planning for an in-person GSRM 2021 experience, given that some students are not local to Salt Lake City and depending on University of Utah policy for summer 2021 (on-campus housing, on-campus research and/or travel restrictions), we are also actively planning for a fully virtual internship experience should events necessitate the transition. Program benefits such as travel reimbursement, free on-campus housing, and clinical shadowing opportunities are contingent upon University of Utah policy for spring 2021 and/or summer 2021.

The GSRM Program was one out of only two undergraduate summer programs at the University of Utah that provided a full virtual research program for local students in 2020. We learned a lot and we are confident in our ability to deliver a high-quality research and professional internship experience either in-person or virtually.


Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and a member of an historically excluded or minoritized group (as defined by the National Institutes of Health). We particularly encourage the participation of women, individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related sciences, individuals differently abled and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Applicants must have completed their sophomore year before joining our GSRM program.

Internship Dates: June 2, 2021 to August 6, 2021

Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

For more info and to apply, please visit this GSRM webpage.