Current Trainees

Thayer Fisher
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Alexander Greaves-Tunnell
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Advisor: Zaid Harchaoui

Megan Morrison
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Applied Math
Advisor: Nathan Kutz

Anthony Valente
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Genome Sciences
Advisor: Judit Villen

Mitchell Vollger
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Genome Sciences
Advisor: Evan Eichler


Information for Current Trainees

Stipend & Tuition:  
This fellowship provides a yearly stipend of $24,324 and covers 60% of the operating fee component of tuition.  Remaining salary and tuition amounts will be covered by your thesis advisor or your department.  Programs which choose to supplement salary and tuition amounts must do so from non-federal sources.  Programs which choose to instead provide additional compensation for work unrelated to the trainee’s research activities under the training grant may do so from federal sources.  The part-time work cannot be part of the trainee’s progress reports for the training grant and cannot conflict/compete with the trainee’s training experience. The Request to Perform Additional Work form must be completed, approved, and submitted to the Department of Genome Sciences (attn: Brian Giebel, Box 355065)


Trainees are required to enroll in 10 credits during the regular academic year (Autumn, Winter, Spring) and 2 credits over summer quarter.


Taxability of stipends: 
With the disclaimer that I am not a tax expert and am not offering financial advice, here's essentially how it works:

Federal taxes aren't withheld from the component of your salary provided by the training grant, since this isn't considered a "salary" per se, according to the NIH. However, you will owe tax on this income in April (the IRS trumps the NIH).

Adding to the confusion is the fact that the component of your salary that does not come from the training grant will likely be taxed as regular income each pay period. You will receive a W-2 for this non-training grant component of your income. Stipend amounts are listed on form 1098 which you can access via MyUW.

Some trainees make quarterly payments. Others simply come up with the amount owed in April.

For more help: The resident tax expert in Student Fiscal Services is Lichang Wong - lichang [ a t ] Student Fiscal Services holds tax workshops for graduate students several times each Spring. If you have not previously received training grant funding, please consider making time to attend one of these to save yourself some frustration in April.

IRS publication 970 spells out the rules. Their chart indicates you must pay taxes on your stipends, but not for funds spent on textbooks or other supplies.

More tax info is available on the UW website.


Course & Ethics Training Requirements are outlined on the curriculum section of this website.


Does your project include human or animal subjects?  
If so, please provide the existing protocol # and approval date.


Going on leave: 
If you go on leave for a short period (one quarter), your BDGN funding will be stopped while you are on leave, then will resume upon your return.  If your leave is for longer than one quarter, your funding slot on the BDGN will be given to a new trainee.