Undergraduate Research

The GenOM Project sponsors two undergraduate research programs; one during the academic year, and one during the summer (see below). The academic year undergraduate research program is a rare and wonderful opportunity for undergraduate students at the University of Washington. The program offers a first-hand, quality experience in the laboratory of an established researcher, providing opportunities to probe deeper into the cutting-edge science of genomics over an academic year. We seek talented students who demonstrate a strong drive and deep interest in this field. Through the program, students receive the following benefits:

  • A part-time paid position
  • A network of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students
  • Preparation for graduate/professional-level programs of study

We are not currently accepting applications for the undergraduate research program that runs throughout the academic year.


Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Students are encouraged to apply to the GenOM Undergraduate Summer Research Program. The program is open to undergraduates interested in exploring research in the rapidly expanding fields of genomics, life sciences, bioengineering and Big Data. Students who attend other institutions are also encouraged to apply to our jointly funded program, the Genome Sciences Summer Research Program for Undergraduates.

GenOM Undergraduate Summer Research participants will receive a monthly stipend and are limited to 40 hrs/week. This year's program will begin June 20, 2016 and end August 19, 2016 and for students attending the University of Washington, can be extended into the academic year with the Director's approval. There are $500 annual travel stipends available for presenting work at regional and national conferences, and a very limited number of housing scholarships. Students in this program will:

  • be provided a monthly stipend to support first-hand, quality experiences in laboratories of established researchers;
  • network with fellow undergraduate researchers during scheduled weekend activities;
  • present their research project and poster at the University of Washington Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium in mid August 2016;
  • gain the confidence and academic exposure to prepare for graduate/professional level programs; and
  • join a network of advisors, researchers, professors, staff, and support programs for underrepresented students.

The application for Summer 2016 is due April 6th, 2016. You can download the application here.

Applications will be accepted via email and U.S. Postal or Campus mail.

If emailing please submit applications and all required documents (including transcripts) to: lisapete@uw.edu

Transcripts from schools other than the University of Washington must be submitted by mail.

If you have questions please contact Lisa Peterson.

Contact Our Organization

Lisa Peterson, Director
Gerberding G76
phone: (206)685-2593

Greg Diggs, ALVA Coordinator
Gerberding G76
phone: (206)221-4614

Cheryl Allendoerfer, Research Scientist
Gerberding G76
phone: (206)543-3306

USPS mail:
Office of Research
Gerberding Hall G76
Box 351202
Seattle, WA 98195

To donate to the UW GenOM Project, click here.