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Genomics Summer Research for Minorities

School / Department: BioInformatics

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.


  • 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

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Student Role:

Program Expectations

  • Time Commitment: This is a full-time program. Basic program requirements are that you will spend a minimum of 40 hours per week on research and program-related activities for the entire duration of the program. Research expectations and/or requirements will be determined between you and your faculty mentor.
  • Weekly Meetings: Participants are expected to attend regular GSRM Mentor Lunch Seminars and Genomics Lecture Series in which they will present their research and advance their scientific knowledge.
  • Program Events: Students are expected to attend all organized program meetings and events, including: opening and closing ceremony, program orientation, lab orientation, Grad School Mini-Expo and individual meeting with program training manager and principal investigator.
  • Final Presentation: Participants are required to present their work in a poster format at the Summer Symposium organized by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
  • Attend a ConferenceParticipants will submit a research abstract and travel scholarship application to participate in one or two national conferences selected by the program.
  • Internship Report Submission: Participants are required to submit a one-page summary of their scientific and personal experience in the GSRM internship upon completion of the program.
  • Complete Surveys: To evaluate the goals of the program and receive feedback, participants are required to submit pre and post GSRM internship surveys.
  • All-Programs Socials (optional): Participants are encouraged to attend socials that are planned biweekly by GSRM and other formal summer programs on campus.
Opportunity Location Type: In Person
Is this a paid opportunity: Yes
Minimum Requirements: 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.