MGI Outreach: Programs

Opportunities in Genomics Research (OGR)

OGR invites bright, innovative, and talented students to participate in our summer (Undergraduate Scholars) or postbaccalaureate (Extensive Study) research programs. The goal of OGR is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue PhDs in genomics and related fields. Interested students may apply to:

  • Undergraduate Scholars Program Application deadline: Feb 28, 2018.

    A 10-week summer program focused on engaging students in research and intensive academic enhancement/graduate school preparation workshops. The program dates for 2018 are May 30 - August 3.

  • Extensive Study Program Application deadline: May 18, 2018
    A year-long program designed for recent graduates offering the opportunity for research experience and more mentoring prior to entering a graduate program. The program dates for 2018/2019 are August 8, 2018 - June 30, 2019.

All students participating in the OGR Undergraduate Scholars or Extensive Study programs will be part of a top lab team led by one of many renowned scientists at Washington University School of Medicine. All students will give oral presentations of their research findings at the end of their respective programs.

All OGR programs include enrichment activities such as:

  • Journal Club
  • Career Counseling & Workshops
  • Presentation & Writing Skills Help Sessions
  • GRE Preparation
  • Bioinformatics Workshops

The programs provide very competitive summer stipends and postbaccalaureate salaries. For summer students, on-campus housing and travel to the program are provided.


Undergraduate Scholars must be a sophomore, junior, or senior at a 4-year institution at the time of entry into the program.

Extensive Study Scholars must have completed a BS within 2 years of application.

Both programs:

  • GPA: Competitive - Highly Competitive
  • Residence: Must be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Major/Degree: Science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (with some exceptions)

OGR is supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute's Diversity Action Plan.

Selected Labs

The available projects and mentors for OGR participants represent various fields related to our mission from genomics and genetics to physiology to cancer biology. Listed below are only a few of the past OGR mentors to demonstrate the types of projects that have been available to students:
* Luis Batista - stem cells; iPS cells; telomerase; DNA repair; DNA damage; tissue dysfunction; telomeres
* Barak Cohen - systems biology, enhancers and gene regulatory networks, non-coding genetic variation, computational biology, genomics
* Kerry Kornfeld
* Christopher Maher - non-coding RNAs, lncRNAs, cancer genomics, transcriptome, bioinformatics
* Kristen Naegle -computational molecular systems biology, post-translational modifications, signal transduction and proteomics
* Eugene Oltz - cancer, chromatin, epigenetics, genome rearrangements, transcriptional regulation
* Christina Guzman-Strong - epigenetics, genetics, genomics, chromatin, enhancer, skin, transcriptional regulation, disease, translational research
* Matt Walter - cancer, functional genomics, gene expression profiling, hematopoiesis, stem cells, tumor biology