Research Opportunity: GURU Program for Students with Disabilities

The Utah Center for Excellence in ELSI Research (UCEER) is seeking applicants for the GURU Program, an NIH-funded, one-of-a-kind program designed to give U students who identify as having a disability (visible or invisible) the opportunity to join a research team that investigates the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic science and genomic medicine. We support students and faculty from the Colleges of Medicine, Law, Humanities, Science, Education, Nursing, Fine Arts, Health, Engineering, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. 

A flyer with program and application information for the 2021-2022 academic year is attached below, along with image text.  

For any questions, please contact Jim Tabery,, 801-581-8362.

Informational Flyer about GURU Program for Undergraduate Students

Flyer text:

Interested in gaining research experience?
Research experience is a fantastic opportunity—a unique part of the college experience.
Research experience makes you a more competitive applicant for graduate school.
Research experience gives you the chance to be part of a research team.

Are you an undergraduate student who identifies as having a disability?
The Utah Center for Excellence in ELSI Research (UCEER) runs the GURU Program, a one-of-a-kind program designed to give U students who identify as having a disability (visible or invisible) the opportunity to join a research team that investigates the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic science and genomic medicine. We have supported students and faculty from the Colleges of Humanities, Law, Nursing, Fine Arts, Health, Education, Engineering, Social and Behavioral Science, and Medicine. Students from other disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Join GURU!
As part of the GURU Program, you could do things like study how parents who learn they will have a child with Down syndrome convey that news to family and friends, help develop a comic book to enhance literacy about genetic testing, apply techniques from theater to assist doctors with communicating difficult news. For additional information about the GURU Program and affiliated projects, see:

2 undergraduate students will be selected each year. The students will be:
• Paired with a faculty researcher and paid $10/hour (for up to 150 hours/semester).
• Provided $1220/year to support travel to an academic conference.
• Placed in a mentorship network with multiple mentors, at least one of whom will be a faculty member who identifies as having a disability.
• Offered the opportunity to take courses focusing on the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic research and medicine, and provided resources to take a GRE test-prep course.

Apply Here:
Deadline for application: January 22, 2021
Application includes: CV, personal statement, transcript, 2 letters of recommendation. If you require accommodations to complete the application, please contact the Center for Disability & Access at 801.581.5020, Student Union Room 162

Questions? Contact: Professor Jim Tabery, 801.581.8362,

Research Opportunity: SOM Research Match for Underrepresented Students

University of Utah School of Medicine helps students from underserved or underrepresented backgrounds (see definition below) find a research opportunity. If you fit the definition and are interested in gaining a research experience, please take the survey here. Once they gather enough data, they will begin matching students up with different labs. You will likely hear back from them by January 2021 at the earliest (but could be later). 


If, for some reason, students are unsure if they fit the criteria that are listed below, please email Benjamin Tasevac at  Please DO NOT contact him for any other questions.

According to the AAMC, “Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.” The OHEDI’s takes this definition and tries to make it as broad and inclusive as possible. Thus, any student that self identifies as underserved or underrepresented based on race, religion, sexual orientation or is female, a member of a minority group or identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community, a person of color, is an immigrant, a refugee, first in the family to go to college, and of low socioeconomic status qualifies for our services.

Survey link here as well: Student Research Opportunity Survey 


Research Opportunity: Summer Internship in Biomedical Research

The 2021 Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP) provides interns with a summer of intensive research in an NHLBI laboratory on NIH’s main campus in Bethesda, MD. Interns receive a competitive stipend based on their education level. Students will attend monthly summer lectures and career development events including Summer Poster Day and the Graduate School Fair. The SIP is open to current college, graduate, or medical school students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selections are made on a rolling basis therefore early submission is highly recommended.

Eligibility: The 2021 Summer Internship Program is for students who

  • are 17 years of age or older on June 15, 2021,
  • are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, AND
  • are enrolled at least half-time in and accredited college (including community college) or university as an undergraduate, graduate, or professional student at the time of application*, OR
  •  have been accepted into accredited college or university program for the fall semester.

Application Deadline: March 1st, 2021

For more information and to apply, visit this NHLBI webpage. Any questions can be directed to the NHLBI DIR Office of Education: ( ).

Flyer about NHLBI 2021 Summer Internship Program



Research Opportunity: Fellowship for Underrepresented Scientists

The RADM Helena O. Mishoe Fellowship for Underrepresented Scientists was established by Dr. Helena Mishoe to offer opportunities for postbac fellows of underrepresented groups in biomedical science to receive training in basic, translational, and clinical research. This fellowship aims to enhance career development for postbacs planning to apply to graduate and/or medical school with the long-term career goal of becoming a trained scientist or physician/scientist.

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  1. Have recently completed or will complete a bachelor’s degree by the summer of selection;
  2. Must have completed academic training in course work relevant to biomedical, behavioral, or statistical research;
  3. Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 scale, or 4.3 or better on a 5.0 scale;
  4. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Application Deadline: December 31st, 2020

For more information and to apply, visit this NHLBI webpage. Any questions can be directed to the NHLBI DIR Office of Education: ( ).

Flyer of Mishoe Fellowship Opportunity