Applications and Policy

The Genetics Training Grant supports nine predoctoral students. Support includes tuition, health insurance, travel expenses for appropriate meetings/symposiums, and other approved training-related expenses (e.g. books, lab supplies). Applications for grant support are solicited when an opening occurs. Announcements are posted around campus and sent to the email. This web site also posts calls for applications.

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.
Utah resident or eligible for in-state tuition
Completed qualifying examination for Ph.D. candidacy

Policies for Trainee Participation:
Trainees must complete a graduate course in Scientific Integrity and Research Ethics (eg. MBIOL 7570)
Trainees must complete the graduate course Genetics (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

Cover sheet
A short (2-4 pages) carefully thought out proposal describing your thesis research project. The proposal must be written by the trainee applicant. Summarize the problem (include some strategic literature references), why it is significant in your mind, your specific aims, what you have accomplished so far, and your planned experimental approach for the future. There is a limit of four pages, not including references or figures. Font must be 11 pt Arial, with 1 inch margins.  The proposal must be written entirely by the student.  Please ask your faculty advisor to comment on the independence of the writing.
Academic transcripts, both undergraduate and graduate
Copy of the original report of your GRE scores
Three letters of support: one from your mentor, and two from additional professors familiar with your research or academic potential.  The mentor’s letter should comment on the independence with which the applicant composed the proposal.
Please submit all items to Patty Lisieski ( Items 1-5 above should be submitted as a single pdf file.
The cover sheet will be an active link when we are accepting applications. Questions about qualifications or the application process should be directed to: Patty Lisieski ( or 581-2612)

Cover Sheet Application Download