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

University of Washington students are encouraged to apply to the GenOM Undergraduate Summer Research Program. Applications are typically available in January. Students that attend other institutions are 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 23, 2014 and end August 22, 2014 and can be extended to September 24, 2014 with the Director's approval. There are $500 travel stipends available for presenting work at national conferences. Participants are responsible for finding their own laboratory placement prior to applying to the program. If you need guidance with this process, please contact Lisa Peterson.

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 2014;
  • 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 period for Summer 2014 is closed. Applications for next year's program will be available in March 2015. 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

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