UW Genome Sciences Summer REU

Join us for the summer in Seattle! Our application deadline is February 1.

Program Benefits:

The Department of Genome Sciences, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, provides summer research opportunities for undergraduate students. We are looking for students who aspire to enroll in either PhD or MD / PhD programs after their undergraduate studies.

- gain outstanding research experience
- $5175 stipend
- paid housing in UW student apartments
- all meals provided in UW restaurants
- paid travel for those outside the Seattle area
- we will pay application fees for summer program participants who later decide to apply to UW Genome Sciences for graduate study

Please be aware that this program does not provide health insurance coverage. Our assumption is that you will have coverage either from your parents or your university.

Program Activities:

In addition to your lab research, you will have a variety of supplemental academic activities. This year we will have computational, writing and presentation workshops, faculty research talks, and poster sessions. You'll also have plenty of free time to explore Seattle.


The 2021 program will follow UW Summer Quarter dates: June 21 - August 20.



Applicants must be:

- US citizens or permanent residents

- members of a group that is underrepresented nationally in the biomedical sciences: African-American, Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander.

- Currently enrolled in and returning to college following the summer research program to continue their undergraduate studies. We expect that competitive applicants will have had some college-level science coursework. Applicants who would like to work in a computational lab should have had college-level calculus and basic programming skills.

- willing to inform us of your career direction after completing your undergraduate degree, whether you opt for graduate school, medical school, or another career path

Application Instructions:

1. Our application deadline is February 1. Please fill out the following Google Form to send your information.

As part of this information, please take a look at our faculty list and list 5-6 faculty in whose lab you would like to work. Please be sure to choose only from the "Faculty" list, rather than "Other Training Faculty", etc. Those on the "Faculty" list are the core Genome Sciences faculty members who participate in our summer research program.

In addition to this information, please also email items 2-5 to Brian Giebel - bgiebel [ a t ] uw.edu.

2. Research Statement(1 or 2 pages)
Tell us about your research interests & goals, including any past research experience and relevant coursework. You are also welcome to tell us a little about your personal background - what led you to follow this path?

3. CV / Resume (1 page)
This should highlight your previous research experience and education.

4. Reference letter
One reference letter is required, but you are welcome to have two sent if you prefer. There are no forms necessary – the letter should be from a faculty member or others familiar with your abilities and should highlight your research and/or academic experience and ability. References from research settings, if available, are ideal.

Your recommender may email this directly to Brian Giebel. No hard copy is required. Please do not send reference letters from non-research or non-academic settings (e.g. summer jobs unrelated to science, etc).

5. Transcript
Transcripts do not have to be official (e.g. you are welcome to use web versions, scanned copies, etc) and should be emailed to Brian Giebel. If you have attended more than one school, please send a transcript for every institution you’ve attended where you’ve taken a science or math course (i.e. you do not need to send transcripts from colleges where you took only non-science or math courses).

Application Review / Notification:

We will notify all applicants of their status as soon as possible, most likely within 1 month of the application deadline.















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A Lifetime of Outdoor Adventure....

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University of Washington

Founded in 1861, the UW is one of the preeminent research universities in the world, with over 42,000 students, including 11,000 graduate students, studying in over 250 degree options.  UW students enjoy a beautiful campus, with its gothic and modern architecture, views of Mt. Rainier, and cherry blossoms in the spring.

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UW Genome Sciences

Our goal is to address leading edge questions in biology and medicine by developing and applying genetic, genomic and computational approaches that take advantage of genomic information now available for humans, model organisms and a host of other species. Our faculty study a broad range of topics, including the genetics of E. coli, yeast, C. elegans, Drosophila, and mouse; human and medical genetics; mathematical, statistical and computer methods for analyzing genomes, and theoretical and evolutionary genetics; and genome-wide studies by such approaches as sequencing, transcriptional and translational analysis, polymorphism detection and identification of protein interactions.

For more information, please see the Department of Genome Sciences website.









Program Schedule

Monday, 6/21 | 10:30 – 11:30
Department Introduction
zoom location tba

Wednesday, 6/23 | 2:30 – 4:00 (session 1), 4:00 – 5:30 (session 2)
Computational Biology I
220 Hitchcock Hall

Thursday, 6/24 | 12:00 – 1:30
Weekly Check-in:  project introductions  
Foege S-110

Wednesday, 6/30 | 2:30 – 4:00 (session 1), 4:00 – 5:30 (session 2)
Computational Biology II
220 Hitchcock Hall

Thursday, 7/1 | Holiday weekend – no check-in

Wednesday, 7/7 | 2:30 – 4:00 (session 1), 4:00 – 5:30 (session 2)
Computational Biology III
220 Hitchcock Hall

Wednesday, 7/7 | 7:00 - 8:00, Public Lecture Series
Dr. Lea Starita
"City Scale Pandemic Surveillance with the Seattle Flu Study"
zoom link will be posted at the UW Genome Sciences Public Lecture website

Thursday, 7/8 | 12:00 – 1:30
Weekly Check-in:  Workshop:  “Science is Storytelling”
Foege S-110

Wednesday, 7/14 | 2:30 – 4:00 (session 1), 4:00 – 5:30 (session 2)
Computational Biology IV
220 Hitchcock Hall

Wednesday, 7/14 | 7:00 - 8:00, Public Lecture Series
Dr. Maitreya Dunham

"Mutant beer: watching yeast evolve in real time in the brewery"
zoom link will be posted at the UW Genome Sciences Public Lecture website

Thursday, 7/15
BBI event: faculty / student lunch
attendance is optional - if interested, please rsvp via the link sent out on 6/29

Friday, 7/16 | 12:00 – 1:30
Research Talk:  Jesse Bloom and Allie Greaney
zoom location tba

Wednesday, 7/21 | 2:30 – 4:00 (session 1), 4:00 – 5:30 (session 2)
Computational Biology V
220 Hitchcock Hall

Wednesday, 7/21 | 7:00 - 8:00, Public Lecture Series
Dr. Jesse Bloom

"Interpreting the evolution of SARS-CoV-2"
zoom link will be posted at the UW Genome Sciences Public Lecture website

Thursday, 7/22
BBI event: virtual lab tour
attendance is optional - if interested, please rsvp via the link sent out on 6/29
link to be distributed soon

Friday, 7/23 | 12:00 – 1:30
Research Talk:  Kelley Harris and Luke Zhu
zoom location tba

Wednesday, 7/28 | 3:30 – 5:00
Science Communication
held via Zoom - for location, please see Atom Lesiak's email from 7/23

Wednesday, 7/28 | 7:00 - 8:00, Public Lecture Series
Dr. Malia Fullerton

"Genomics and Society: A Few Big Questions"
zoom link will be posted at the UW Genome Sciences Public Lecture website

Thursday, 7/29
BBI event: virtual lab tour
attendance is optional - if interested, please rsvp via the link sent out on 6/29
link to be distributed soon

Friday, 7/30 | 12:00 – 1:30
Research Talk:  Jay Shendure and Sam Regalado
zoom location tba

Wednesday, 8/4 | 3:30 – 5:00
Science Communication
Foege S-110

Thursday, 8/5 | 12:00 – 1:30
Poster Workshop I
Foege S-110

Wednesday, 8/11 | 3:30 – 5:00
Poster Workshop II
Foege S-110

Thursday, 8/12 | 12:00 – 1:30
Weekly Check-In:  Introduction to graduate program and MSTP program
zoom location tba

Tuesday, 8/17 | 11:30 – 1:00
Virtual Poster Session (format  tba)
followed by pizza for takeout to lawn or Vista Café terrace, format to be determined