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 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 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.

Applications must include the following components (Download list):

  • Completed 2019 Cover Sheet (2 pages). Download form: PDF or Word
  • 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, single spaced, with 1 inch margins.
  • Copies of your academic transcripts, both undergraduate and graduate (an official transcript is not necessary).
  • Copy of the report of your GRE scores (an official copy is not necessary).
  • 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 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).