1. What is the SGI? Why should I consider applying?
  2. What will I learn? What are the program objectives?
  3. Will I receive any credits for taking the SGI?
  4. How might attending the SGI training help my career?
  5. What are the eligibility criteria for SGI? Who should attend?
  6. I’m an international student, am I eligible?
  7. How does NINR decide who attends the SGI?
  8. I’m a graduate student, how much research experience do I need?
  9. What counts as “research experience”?
  10. I don’t have any research experience yet, should I still apply?
  11. Are GRE scores required?
  12. I’m a faculty member who has been out of school for years. Must I still submit a GPA?
  13. I’m a faculty member who has been out of school for years. Must I still submit grades and transcripts?
  14. Must I submit a CV?
  15. May I submit more than two recommendation letters? May I email a third?
  16. What is the deadline for letters of recommendation?
  17. Why does the application link take me to the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP) in Biomedical Research web page? Is this the right place to apply for SGI?
  18. My CV won’t fit in the field for “CV/Resume,” what’s the problem?
  19. Do you want undergraduate transcripts as well as transcripts for masters and doctoral coursework?
  20. Can I just email my transcripts?
  21. Can I just provide my GPA or do you need grades for every course?
  22. The application requires I specify my “year at current education level.” I am no longer in school. What should I say?
  23. The application requires I specify my “academic major.” I am no longer in school. What should I say?
  24. Is a personal statement required? What should it say?
  25. I don’t see a place in the application for my personal statement, should I email it to NINR?
  26. Will I receive a stipend as an SGI trainee?
  27. If selected, when will I receive notice?
  28. What other opportunities will I experience as an SGI trainee?
  29. What is life at NIH like?
  30. What is life in Bethesda like?
  31. Does NIH offer assistance with accommodations?
  32. Where can I learn more?
  33. Where and how do I apply? When is the application due?
  34. Why is SGI listed as an exclusive program? What does the "Release Date" mean?
  35. I’m a faculty member who has been out of school for years. Why can’t I select “No” for currently enrolled in an accredited institution? You must choose "Yes" to indicate that you are currently enrolled in an accredited institution and “Yes” to indicate that the institution is in the United States. 

 

  1. What is the SGI? Why should I consider applying?

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 nursing graduate students and faculty and to develop and expand clinical practice in genetics among nurse clinicians. The SGI features lectures and hands-on laboratory training.

More than 350 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.

2. What will I learn? What are the 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

3. Will I receive any credits for taking the SGI?

On completion of the program, which is a month-long intensive research training, participants receive eight hours of graduate-level college credit.

4. How might attending the SGI training help my career?

Many SGI alumni credit the course with changing the trajectory of their careers and helping them compete in a tough academic environment. 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?"

5. What are the eligibility criteria for SGI? Who should attend?

Nursing graduate students, faculty, and clinicians who are citizens or permanent U.S. residents may apply. Applicants should demonstrate the potential for a highly productive research or clinical career.

6. I’m an international student, am I eligible?

You must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. to attend the SGI. For questions concerning visas, please consult with the NIH Division of International Services.

7. How does NINR decide who attends the SGI?

Applications are evaluated based on the following: academic performance (especially in science courses), research experience, publications, recommendation letters (2), and a personal statement. An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) with academic degrees awarded, dates and universities attended, highlighting research experience and work experiences, publications, and any scientific awards or honors is required and considered a key part of the application.

8. I’m a graduate student, how much research experience do I need?

The NINR SGI selection committee looks for at least 3-6 months of research experience.

9. What counts as “research experience”?

Serving as a principal investigator (PI) or working as a research assistant with a nurse scientist or other basic science research investigator/mentor; hands-on laboratory training for basic skills; developing a grant.

10. I don’t have any research experience yet, should I still apply?

Research experience is strongly encouraged. Applicants lacking any research experience are unlikely to be selected by the NINR SGI selection committee.

11. Are GRE scores required?

No, GRE scores are not required to participate in the SGI.

12. I’m a faculty member who has been out of school for years. Must I still submit a GPA?

Yes, a GPA for your terminal degree is required by the application system.

13. I’m a faculty member who has been out of school for years. Must I still submit grades and transcripts?

Yes, grades are required for your entire academic history. You will need to cut and paste your courses and grades into the SIP/SGI application system. Official transcripts are required only if you are selected as an SGI trainee (see below for more about transcripts).

14. Must I submit a CV?

Yes, an up-to-date CV is a key piece of the SGI application. The CV should list your degrees awarded with dates and universities, and highlight research experience, work experiences, publications, and any scientific honors or awards.

15. May I submit more than two recommendation letters? May I email a third?

Please submit only the required number of recommendation letters. The application system will not accept more than 2, and additional emailed recommendation letters may not be properly linked to your application.

16. What is the deadline for letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation are due by March 15, 2017, at 11:59 EST. This is two weeks later than the application, which is due by March 1, 2017, at 11:59 EST.

17. Why does the application link take me to the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP) in Biomedical Research web page? Is this the right place to apply for SGI?

Yes. NINR uses the SIP application system for its SGI program. Scroll down to where it says “Apply Now!” You are now on the application page for SIP and SGI. Scroll until you see the blue bar titled “1. Personal Information” and begin filling in the application with your information. When you reach “8. Preferred Institute/Center (IC) or Program,” select “National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)” from the pull down menu. For question 9 "SIP Subprogram Selection," add "NINR-SGI" as the selected subprogram.

18. My CV won’t fit in the field for “CV/Resume,” what’s the problem?

There is a 15,000-character limit for this field. Please adjust your CV accordingly.

19. Do you want undergraduate transcripts as well as transcripts for masters and doctoral coursework?

Grades are required for your entire academic history. You will need to cut and paste your courses and grades into the SIP/SGI application system. Official transcripts are required only if you are selected as an SGI trainee.

20. Can I just email my transcripts?

No. All SGI applicants must first enter their courses and grades into the SIP/SGI application system. If you are accepted as an SGI trainee, you will be required to provide official transcripts by mail or express delivery. Emailed transcripts will not be accepted. 

21. Can I just provide my GPA or do you need grades for every course?

Grades are required for every course.

22. The application requires I specify my “year at current education level.” I am no longer in school. What should I say?

The system requires an answer to move to the next section of the application. Please just select one of the options, this answer will not be considered by the SGI application committee.

23. The application requires I specify my “academic major.” I am no longer in school. What should I say?

The system allows an “NA” for this response.

24. Is a personal statement required? What should it say?

Yes, a personal statement is required for the SGI. Please highlight your research interests and career goals and provide a summary of your background, experience, education/training and how they have influenced your research interests. Explain why you wish to become an SGI trainee and how you anticipate this experience will influence your career direction.

25. I don’t see a place in the application for my personal statement, should I email it to NINR?

No, please cut and paste your personal statement into the field for “Cover Letter.”

26. Will I receive a stipend as an SGI trainee?

No. The SGI is free, but participants do not receive a stipend and must be prepared to cover the cost for their accommodations, transportation, and other living expenses during the month-long training.

27. If selected, when will I receive notice?

Those selected to participate in SGI will receive notice by email from Dr. Mary Engler, NINR Training Director, sometime in April.

28. What other opportunities will I experience as an SGI trainee?

In addition to providing unparalleled research training, the SGI experience offers access to the rich array of educational and networking opportunities available to those in the NIH community.

29. What is life at NIH like?

Our 317-acre campus boasts plenty of green space and offers regular events for staff and the public and amenities such as cafeterias, shops, and fitness centers. To learn more, including important security information, please consult NINR’s SGI webpage at www.ninr.nih.gov/SGI.

30. What is life in Bethesda like?

Bethesda, Maryland, where the main campus of NIH is located, is just outside of Washington, DC.  Excellent restaurants, shops, transportation, and entertainment make Bethesda a great place to work, and the wealth of museums, monuments, parks, sports and cultural activities in the Washington metropolitan area provides ample recreation opportunities. To learn more, visit http://www.bethesda.org/.

31. Does NIH offer assistance with accommodations?

NIH offers informational resources to help trainees locate housing. The Bethesda Chamber of Commerce lists a variety of hotel accommodation options. You may also want to search SamsList, an online resource of verified landlords with rental listings near the NIH.

32. Where can I learn more?

For additional information concerning the SGI, please visit www.ninr.nih.gov/SGI. If your question is still unanswered, send it by email to NINR Training Director Dr. Mary Engler using the ninrsgi@mail.nih.gov  email address, with “SGI” as the subject line.

33. Where and how do I apply? When is the application due?

The NINR-SGI application is the same as that for the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP). It is available at: https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/sip/. Scroll down to where the page says “Apply Now!” You are now on the application page for SIP and SGI. Scroll until you see the blue bar titled “1. Personal Information” and begin filling in the application with your information. When you reach "8. Preferred Institute/Center (IC) or Program," select "National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)" from the pull down menu. For Question #9 "SIP Subprogram Selection," please add "NINR-SGI" as your selected subprogram. If you do not select NINR-SGI, then your application will not be considered for SGI. This selection directs your application to SGI and not the general Summer Internship Program.

The application is due by March 1, 2017, at 11:59 EST.

34. Why is SGI listed as an exclusive program? What does the "Release Date" mean?                                                                                                                                                        

SGI is one of many NIH summer programs and, as such, it is categorized as a subprogram. It is exclusive of other NIH summer programs because it is targeted toward nurse scientists. This means that you as the applicant are only applying to SGI and not other NIH summer programs, which are targeted to other audiences.

A “Release Date” is published for SGI. However, these applications are never released to the general pool of the Summer Internship Program. Your application will be considered only for SGI and not for other summer programs.

35. . I’m a faculty member who has been out of school for years. Why can’t I select “No” for currently enrolled in an accredited institution? You must choose "Yes" to indicate that you are currently enrolled in an accredited institution and “Yes” to indicate that the institution is in the United States. 

Selecting “Yes” for both enrollment questions will enable you to submit your application.