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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 Specialty 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.

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.

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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SGI 2015 will take place in Building 60 on the NIH campus. 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.

Applying to the SGI

NINR is now accepting applications for SGI 2015. The application deadline is March 1, 2015, at 5:00 pm EST. 

Important Application Instructions

NINR’s SGI program uses the same application system as the NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research. Some of the information for the Summer Internship Program (SIP), such as program logistics or eligibility, is not applicable to SGI. As you complete the application, please remember the following:

For Question #1, the Personal Information section, please choose "Bethesda, MD (main NIH campus)" from the Locations list. SGI is only offered in Bethesda, Maryland.

For Question #8, please select "National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Summer Genetics Institute (SGI)" from the Drop Down list. Do not select just "National Institute of Nursing Research" or your application will be considered for the Summer Internship Program.

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 new SGI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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: December 4, 2012Updated Date: January 21, 2015