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Department of Animal Sciences


Summer Undergraduate Research in Genetics and Genomics (SURGe) Program

The applications for the Summer Undergraduate Research in Genetics and Genomics (SURGe) Program are now open. This program is a 10-week intensive research experience under the mentorship of one of our Faculty of Genetics members including a 3-credit hour Bioinformatics class. The free online application can be found here and is due by February 15, 2024.

 ** Tentative program dates: starts on Tuesday, May 28th and ends on Thursday, August 8th, 2024 **

The introductory Bioinformatics class provides training in modern bioinformatics tools via command-line used in genetics and genomics. Additionally, students will have weekly meetings to explore research and career opportunities in genetics and genomics, discuss research ethics, learn how to apply to graduate school and gain practical oral and written presentation skills.  

Financial support:  

·      $5,500 stipend 

·      Living expenses (room and board) on campus 

·      Travel expenses 

·      Tuition/fees for 3-credit hours 

Eligibility: The program is open to undergraduate students majoring in genetics, genomics, biology, or any life science. Preference will be given to candidates who have finished their third year and have already taken a genetics course. However, outstanding students who have completed their second year of college work will also be considered. Students whose expected graduation date is before Fall 2024 will not be eligible.

This program is committed to provide research opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.  Due to funding sources, preference is given to US citizens and permanent residents.

More information can be found here.