Description of the Program

The Department of Genetics at the University of Georgia invites undergraduates interested in genetics and genomics research to apply for positions in our summer research program. Students will be matched with a faculty mentor in the Department of Genetics and be integrated into a lab as a member of a research team. Over the nine weeks of our program, students participate in the complete research cycle from project design to analysis and presentation. Participants also receive training in bioethics and mentoring in professional development. At the conclusion of the program, students present their work at a poster session.

Research Areas

Research in the areas of biotechnology, developmental genetics, ecological genetics, eukaryotic molecular genetics, evolutionary genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, molecular evolution, and prokaryotic molecular genetics is available within the Department of Genetics.


Students selected for the program will receive a financial package of more than $6000 that includes a stipend, dormitory housing, meals, and a travel allowance.


We particularly encourage applications from students in groups currently underrepresented in the sciences. Applicants must be attending a college or university in the U.S. and must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for the SUNFIG program. Students currently enrolled at the University of Georgia are not eligible for this program.

Program Dates

5/20/2020 7/20/2020


For full consideration, applications must be submitted by March 2, 2020.

A complete application includes:

1. The online application form.
2. Two letters of academic recommendation. Send this form to your letter writers: SUNFIG_recommendation_instructions.
3. Optional: one personal recommendation letter. This option is recommended for students who are not well acquainted on a personal level with their academic letter writers (SUNFIG_recommendation_instructions).
4. Official transcript.*

*NOTE: We require that hard copies of Official Transcripts be sent by mail to the address below. Digital copies submitted via email will not be accepted.

SUNFIG Director
Department of Genetics
Davison Life Sciences Building
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-7223

We expect to notify applicants who are accepted into the program by mid-March 2020 and either an acceptance or a decline of the offer will be expected within a week of the invitation.

For more information contact:

Andrea Sweigart
Phone: (706) 542-7001
Mailing Address: C218 Life Sciences Bldg., Genetics Dept.,
University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602