Undergraduates Can Apply for 2020 Summer Program in Genome Sciences and Medicine

GCB Summer Scholars.

Deadline: January 15, 2020

The Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology and the Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine have partnered with North Carolina Central University to launch the Summer Scholars Program in Genome Sciences and Medicine, supported an R25 grant by the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH. This annual 10-week program is designed for full-time first- and second-year underrepresented minority students at any college or university.

Program Mission

To provide a high-quality mentored training experience for underrepresented minority undergraduates to gain the experience, knowledge, and skills to pursue and successfully complete a major in a STEM field and prepare for a job or higher learning in a STEM-related field

Program Description

Students interested in careers in genome sciences and medicine will need a strong foundation of core genome sciences, technology, and interdisciplinary training. The Summer Scholars Program in Genome Sciences and Medicine provides opportunities for students to learn fundamental laboratory skills in genome science through mentored research, enhance critical thinking and reading skills, conduct literature reviews, and prepare presentations of their research findings.

Students will learn first-hand what it is like to conduct biomedical research. The experiences they gain, such as how to design a research project, how to carry out necessary experiments to achieve project goals and test hypotheses, what appropriate lab etiquette entails, and how to effectively present work to peers, will be applicable to any biomedical research setting.

These research experiences are complemented by interactive learning activities including meeting with researchers at Duke, NCCU, and companies in Research Triangle Park to learn about career options in genome sciences and medicine. Students will also attend weekly discussions on ethical, legal, social and policy issues related to genome sciences.

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Student Eligibility

This program is designed for underrepresented minority students currently in their first or second year of undergraduate study:

  • Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.
  • Individuals with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
  • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as those from a family with an annual income below the established thresholds or individuals from an educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Application Deadline

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on January 15, 2020

Stipend and Housing

Housing will be provided to students accepted into this program in Duke University residence facilities for the duration of the program at no cost. In addition to housing, students will receive a stipend of $4,920.

Program Contact

Susanne Haga, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Phone: (919) 684-0325

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