Policies and Applications

The NIGMS T32-funded University of Utah Genetics Training Program supports nine predoctoral students. Support is provided for 2 years and includes tuition, health insurance, travel expenses for appropriate meetings/courses, and other approved training-related expenses (e.g., books, lab supplies). Trainees also participate in scientific and professional development activities, which continue throughout their graduate careers.

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 have completed First Year curriculum and passed Capstone Examination
-Applicants in years 1-2 of their graduate studies will be considered

We particularly urge applications from (1) individuals from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the health-related sciences, (2) individuals with disabilities, and (3) individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Information about NIH definitions and guidelines can be found at the following website: https://diversity.nih.gov/about-us/population-underrepresented.

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 a semester of approved advanced coursework in Genetics. Currently, course offerings that can be used toward satisfying this requirement include either Applied Computational Genomics (HGEN 6060) or two of the following: Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics (HGEN 6092); New Tools of Genetic Analysis: Genetics Meets Genomics (HGEN 6060); and Introduction to Probability and Statistics (BMI 6106)
-Trainees must enroll in the Genetics Research Conferences course (HGEN 7850)
-Trainees must participate in the Genetics Interest Group Seminar Series, Trainee RIP/Ethics lunches, and Annual Retreats

When to Apply
Applications for trainee positions are solicited when an opening occurs. Announcements are posted around campus and sent to the email list. Next deadline: TBA

Applications must include the following components:

  • Completed Cover Sheet (2 pages). Download form.
  • Your curriculum vitae with description of education and training.
  • A short description of your thesis research project. This should address the following points: i) what is the “big problem” or context of your work; ii) what is the important open question you want to focus on and why is it important; iii) what are the specific approaches you will take to address this question, formatted as a set of Aims. You should emphasize connections of your project to the field of genetics. Also briefly indicate progress, if any, you have accomplished so far. Include strategic literature references. There is a limit of two pages, not including references or figures. Font must be 11pt Arial, single spaced, with 1 inch margins. The proposal must be written entirely by the student applicant.
  • Copies of your academic transcripts, both undergraduate and graduate (an official transcript is not necessary).
  • Copy of the committee’s review of your most recently completed qualifying exam: either your Capstone exam or your Departmental prelims.

Submit the 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 801-581-2612).