This 10-week summer program focuses on engaging students in mentored research, training them in scientific presentation and the basics of computer programming, and preparing them for a career in research-based science.

Our Summer 2024 program will run from May 29 through August 2, 2024. The application for the 2024 program is now closed. Applications for summer of 2025 will open in November of 2024.

Students receive a competitive stipend of at least $4,500. In addition, housing on the Washington University campus and travel are paid for by the program.

All students participating in the OGR Undergraduate Scholars programs will take part in cutting-edge research as part of an independent research team in a lab at the Washington University School of Medicine. All students will give oral presentations on their research findings as part of a Closing Symposium at the end of the program.


Undergraduate Scholars must be a first-year, sophomore, or junior at a four-year institution at the time of program application or be attending a community college with the intention of continuing on to complete a BA or BS degree.

  • Residency: Must be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Major/Degree: Science, technology, engineering or mathematics
  • A desire to pursue a PhD in the biological science, especially genomics

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


Applications are currently closed. Any questions can be directed to:

Selected labs

Available projects for OGR participants come from essentially all fields of biology, with a common thread being that all project leverage genomics-based approaches. Below are a small sampling of current OGR mentors and relevant research areas 

  • 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 – genetics, cell biology, and developmental biology
  • Christopher Maher – non-coding RNAs, lncRNAs, cancer genomics, transcriptome, bioinformatics
  • Rob Mitra – Deciphering the transcriptional regulatory networks that control development, single-molecule proteomics.
  • Matt Walter – cancer, functional genomics, gene expression profiling, hematopoiesis, stem cells, tumor biology
  • Ting Wang – Evolutionary characterization of gene regulatory networks, biological function, and regulation of transposable elements, computational epigenomics.

Learn more about our current and former OGR students, as well as the research being done in the program, here.

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