Research Mentoring Institute (RMI) and Diversity Fellowships

Nature of Research/Program Description: 

The Center for Biomolecular Science & Engineering (CBSE) at UCSC offers the Research Mentoring Institute (RMI) for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing research projects in areas relevant to the human genome, including the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genome research. This grant-funded program, sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute, offers two honor award programs that support research projects related to genomic sciences and ELSI: RMI undergraduate diversity scholarships and RMI graduate diversity fellowships. The institute offers a mentoring community and individual support for students to continue their studies and pursue a related career.

Students participating in RMI receive mentoring from faculty advisors, other students, and the program coordinator. To receive these fellowships and scholarships, students must fulfill program requirements and must be dedicated to continuing to a PhD and beyond. Students who participate in the RMI can expect to gain a realistic picture of academic roles and expectations in the sciences along with actual experience in these roles. The program exposes students to the nature and rigors of a research environment under the close supervision of faculty mentoring, thus enhancing preparation for and success in graduate school and beyond.

The RMI is a community of current and former CBSE awardees who share their interest in genomic science and the related ethical, legal and social implications with other students from underrepresented groups. The institute engages graduate fellows as peer mentors to undergraduate awardees, thereby creating a pipeline of support and mentorship.

Past project descriptions are available.

Keywords: research; genome; genomic; ethical; legal; social; diversity; on-campus; summer; fall quarter; winter quarter; spring quarter; stipend

Contact: Zia Isola

Faculty Director: David Haussler

Location: 
On-campus
Targeted Students: 
UCSC students who are US citizens or permanent resident. We especially encourage members of the following underrepresented groups to apply: African American, Native Pacific Islander, Native American/Alaskan, Hispanic, Latina/o, and Chicana/o. Students may be enrolled in any program and may apply during any year they are at UCSC.
Program Time Period: 
Academic Year
Summer
All Year
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter
Fall Quarter
One Quarter
Renewable
Compensation: 
Academic Credit
Stipend
Details: 
Undergraduates receive a $1500 scholarship and can receive up to 5 units of credit per quarter.
Application Deadline: 
Contact the program for more information.
Approximate Number of UCSC Students (Each Year): 
2-6
Year Began: 
2002
Contact: 
Zia Isola
Contact Title: 
Director of Diversity Programs, UCSC Genomics Institute
Contact Email: 
zisola@ucsc.edu
Faculty Director: 
David Haussler
Faculty Director Email: 
haussler@soe.ucsc.edu
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