Policies and Applications

The Genetics Training Grant supports nine predoctoral students. Support includes tuition, health insurance, travel expenses for appropriate meetings/courses, and other approved training-related expenses (e.g., books, lab supplies). Support is provided for 2-3 years and not beyond the sixth year as a graduate student.

Criteria for trainee selection:
Scientific excellence
Relevance of the proposed research to the field of Genetics
Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. non-citizen national, or permanent resident of the U.S.
Must be a Utah resident or eligible for in-state tuition
Must have completed First Year curriculum and passed Capstone Examination

Policies for Trainee Participation:
Trainees must complete a graduate course in Scientific Integrity and Research Ethics (e.g., MBIOL 7570)
Trainees must complete the graduate course Genetics/G3 (MBIOL 6420)
Trainees must complete an approved advanced graduate course, such as Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics (HGEN 6092)
Trainees must enroll in the Genetics Research Conferences course (HGEN 7850)
Trainees must participate in the Genetics Interest Group Seminar Series and the Annual Retreat

When to Apply
Applications for trainee positions are solicited when an opening occurs. Announcements are posted around campus and sent to the email list. This web site also posts calls for applications.

Applications should include the following components:

  • Completed Cover Sheet. Download
  • Your curriculum vitae with description of education and training.
  • A short (1-2 pages) carefully thought out summary of your thesis research project as you see it now. The proposal must be written entirely by the student applicant. Summarize i) what is the big problem or context of your work (include some strategic literature references), ii) what is an important open question you want to focus on and why it is important; iii) what is the approach you will take. Also summarize progress, if any, you have accomplished so far, and your research goals for your tenure as a graduate student. We understand you may not have really begun your thesis work! There is a limit of two pages, not including references or figures. Font must be 11 pt Arial, with 1 inch margins.
  • Copies of your academic transcripts, both undergraduate and graduate (this can be informal from the Biosciences Office).
  • Copy of the report of your GRE scores (this can be informal from the Biosciences Office).
  • Required for students in Year 2: Copy of the committee’s review of your most recently completed qualifying exam: either your Capstone exam or your Departmental prelims.
  • Submit the six items above as a single pdf file to pattyl@genetics.utah.edu

  • Three letters of support. One must be from your advisor, and should comment on the independence with which you composed your proposal. The other letters should be from faculty familiar with your academic or research potential (instructors, examiners, rotation advisors, or committee members).
  • Letters should be sent directly to pattyl@genetics.utah.edu.

    Questions about qualifications or the application process should be directed to Patty Lisieski (pattyl@genetics.utah.edu or 581-2612).