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Research Opportunity for Students

The Utah Center for Excellence in ELSI Research is seeking applicants for GURU, an NIH-funded, one-of-a-kind program designed to give U students who identify as having a disability (visible or invisible) the opportunity to join a research team that investigates the ethical, legal and social implications of genomic science and genomic medicine. Scholars from all disciplines are welcome.  

Two undergraduate students will be selected each year. The students will be:

  • Paired with a faculty researcher and paid $10/hour (for up to 150 hours/semester).
  • Provided $1,220/year to support travel to an academic conference.
  • Placed in a mentorship network with multiple mentors, at least one of whom will be a faculty member who identifies as having a disability.
  • Offered the opportunity to take courses focusing on the ethical, legal and social implications of genomic research and medicine, and provided resources to take a GRE test-prep course.

Two graduate students will be selected each year. The students will be:

  • Supported with a Graduate Research Assistant stipend of $19,500 (for a 20 hours/week commitment).
  • Supported with a Tuition Benefit Program that covers 100% of eligible tuitions and fees (for additional information, click here)
  • Provided $2,440/year to support travel to academic conferences.
  • Provided $2,500/year to support own research.
  • Placed in a mentorship network with multiple mentors, at least one of whom will be a faculty member who identifies as having a disability.
  • Offered the opportunity to take courses focusing on the ethical, legal and social implications of genomic research and medicine, and provided resources to take a grant-writing workshop.

Deadline for applications is Jan. 11, 2019. Apply here.
For any questions, please contact Jim Tabery, james.tabery@utah.edu, 801-581-8362.

Last Updated: 1/31/19