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The Application Period for NINR's Summer Genetics Institute (SGI) is Now Open! 

December 20, 2018
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“The Summer Genetics Institute (SGI) definitely changed the trajectory of my career,” says Ann K. Cashion, PhD, RN, FAAN. Dr. Cashion was a member of the inaugural class of SGI in 2000 and went on to establish a genetics research lab at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She credits the program as one of the reasons that made her want to return to NIH, where she became Scientific Director of NINR’s Division of Intramural Research and is also currently serving as the Acting Director of NINR.

Since the inaugural class, over 400 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. 

The SGI is a tuition-free, one-month intensive program of classroom and laboratory instruction in genetics that provides a foundation for biobehavioral research and clinical practice. Last year’s class completed 50 lectures and 10 hands-on lab sessions. On completion of the program, participants receive eight hours of graduate-level college credit. 

The 2019 SGI will be held from June 3-28, 2019 on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD.  

Nursing graduate students, faculty, postdocs, and clinicians who are citizens or permanent U.S. residents may apply. Applicants should demonstrate potential for a highly productive research or clinical career. Applications will be accepted from now until March 1, 2019. 

For more information on the SGI, please visit or If you have more questions, please send an email to

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