Program DescriptionProgram ObjectivesWho Should Attend? I Applying to SGI 

The SGI 2016 Application Period is Now Closed.

Program Description

The Summer Genetics Institute (SGI) is a tuition-free one-month intensive research training program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), the SGI provides participants with a foundation in molecular genetics appropriate for use in research and clinical practice. The program seeks to increase the research capability among graduate students and faculty and to develop and expand clinical practice in genetics among clinicians. Administered by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) as one of its Biotechnology Training Programs, the SGI features lectures and hands-on laboratory training. On completion of the program, participants receive eight hours of graduate-level college credit from FAES.

Over 300 SGI graduates are making a difference in communities across the country -- building programs of nursing research in genetics; disseminating the results of genetics-related research in peer-reviewed scientific publications and at scientific conferences; and integrating genetics content in nursing school curricula and practice.

To learn more about how SGI can change careers, check out "From HeLa Cells to Nanotechnology: NINR Celebrates 15th Anniversary of Its Summer Genetics Institute," which appeared in the Nov./Dec. 2014 issue of The NIH Catalyst. The article features profiles of several SGI alumni in a sidebar titled "Where Are They Now?"

SGI Program Objectives

Participants in the SGI will increase their knowledge of molecular genetics for use in research, teaching, and clinical practice. Specifically, they will be able to:

  • Use molecular genetics methods in biobehavioral research in a laboratory setting
  • Analyze strategies used for genomic-based therapies and describe trends in the molecular therapeutics
  • Identify the strengths, weaknesses, and applications of genetic tests
  • Examine the ethical and legal issues related to genetic testing and genetic counseling and their implications for practice and research

Who Should Attend?

Nursing graduate students, faculty, and clinicians who are citizens or permanent U.S. residents may apply. Applicants should demonstrate potential for highly productive research or a clinical career. Applications will be evaluated based on the following: academic performance (especially in science courses), research experience, publications, recommendation letters (2), and a personal statement.

Please note: Although a GRE score is not required to apply to the SGI, all applicants must submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV). Your CV should list degrees including university and date graduated and highlight research and work experience, publications, and scientific awards and honors. 

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We encourage you to download and distribute our SGI brochure and flyer.


SGI 2016 will take place in Building 60 on the NIH campus from Wednesday, June 1 to Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Although the SGI program is provided by the NINR at no cost, participants must make and pay for their own travel and housing arrangements and pay the costs of housing, food, and transportation for the duration of the program. Please see Housing and Transportation (right) for links to resources to help participants plan their stay in the Bethesda NIH campus area.


FAES has reserved special rates for two local hotels for SGI, the American Inn ($189 per night) and the SpringHill Suites Gaithersburg ($129 per night).

American Inn – call (301) 656-9300 and reserve under the NIH FAES room block. For more info:

SpringHill Suites Gaithersburg – call (301) 987-0900 and reserve under the NIH FAES room block. Breakfast is included as well as transportation to and from the Shady Grove Metro Stop. For more info:

VRBO service ( is another option as well.  

Applying to SGI 2016

The application period is now closed.      

Important Application Instructions

NINR’s SGI program uses the same application system as the NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research. This application system is a portal for the Summer Internship Program as well as several specialized NIH Summer Subprograms. As such, some of the information for the Summer Internship Program (SIP), such as program logistics or eligibility, does not apply to SGI. As you complete the application, please remember the following:

For Question #1, the Personal Information section, please choose "Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area" from the Locations list. SGI is only offered in Bethesda, Maryland.

For Question #8 “Preferred Institute/Center (IC),” please select "National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)" from the drop-down list.

For Question #9 “SIP Subprogram Selection,” please add “SGI” as your selected subprogram. If you do not select SGI, then your application will not be considered for SGI and will instead be considered for the general Summer Internship Program. The SGI is an “exclusive” program, meaning that you can only apply to SGI and not other summer programs. A note on the “Release Date”: Even though a release date is published for SGI, these applications are never released to the general pool of the Summer Internship Program. Your application will not be considered for other summer programs; it will only be considered for SGI.

Required Applications Materials

  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV)
  • transcript(s)
  • a personal statement
  • two recommendation letters

Please note: A GRE score is not required for the SGI. Applications submitted without an up-to-date CV will not be considered complete. Your CV should list degrees including university and date graduated and highlight research and work experience, publications, and scientific awards and honors.

Apply Here.

Contact Information:

Summer Genetics Institute
Division of Intramural Research
National Institute of Nursing Research
National Institutes of Health
1 Cloister Court
Room 253, MSC 4733
Bethesda, Maryland



Please see our SGI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Need information on Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences? Please visit their website.

For questions not answered by our SGI FAQ, send an email with "SGI" in the subject line to or contact:

Dr. Mary Engler
Training Director
Senior Clinician/Chief, Vascular Biology Unit
Tissue Injury Branch
NINR Division of Intramural Research
1 Cloister Court
Room 253, MSC 4733
Bethesda, MD 20892-4733
Phone: 301-594-0081 


Posted Date: November 20, 2015Updated Date: April 11, 2016