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. The SGI features lectures and hands-on laboratory training. Last year's class completed 50 lectures and 10 lab sessions. On completion of the program, participants receive eight hours of graduate-level college credit.
Over 425 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.
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
Video: Inside the NINR SGI
Former NINR Summer Genetics Institute students explain how the course helped them improve skills to further their research career.
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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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 Resources (below) for links to resources to help participants plan their stay in the Bethesda NIH campus area.
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Housing and Transportation Resources
The NINR offers the following links to resources to help participants plan their stay in the Bethesda NIH campus area:
Bethesda Campus Map
NIH Security Info
NIH Transportation Services (including campus shuttle)
Learn More About How SGI Can Change Careers
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.
Pamela Tamez, Ph.D., Training Director
NINR Division of Intramural Research
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