Summer Scholars Program in Genome Sciences and Medicine

GCB and the Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine (CAGPM) are partnering with North Carolina Central University (NCCU) to launch the Summer Scholars Program in Genome Sciences and Medicine, supported 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 (URM) students at any college or university. Students must be U.S. citizens.

Summer Scholars Program for Genome Sciences and MedicineProgram Mission:

To provide a high-quality mentored training experience for URM underclassmen 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.

Student Eligibility

This program is designed for URM U.S. 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

Apply to be a Summer Scholar

The program requires full-time participation. Students selected cannot take summer session courses or engage in other employment during the 10-week program. Students will be selected for the program based on their academic record, application responses and letters of recommendation. Each Summer Scholar will receive a stipend for $4,988 and housing. Note: Due to a change in campus housing availability, we have slightly revised the dates of the Summer Scholars Program to May 21 - July 25.

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Application materials

  • Completed application
  • Academic Transcript (unofficial copies will be accepted)
  • Resume/CV
  • 1-page personal statement
  • 1-page description of scientific interests
  • Two letters of recommendation

Applications for Summer 2018 are due on January, 15, 2018, by 5:00 PM. Please submit the application and transcript to Dr. Susanne Haga.[AK1]  Applicants should request to have their letters of recommendation sent directly to Dr. Haga. Decisions will be sent in early March 2018.

Program Directors

Susanne Haga
Associate Professor
Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine (CAGPM) Department of Health Sciences
Associate Director of Education, CAGPM and GCB
304 Research Dr.
Box #90141
Durham, NC 27708
(919) 684-0325

Greg Wray
Director of GCB
Professor of Biology
Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology
(919) 684-6696

Daniel Williams
Associate Professor of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
(919) 530-6541