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Summer Undergraduate Fellowships in Genetics (SUNFIG) 2024










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 stipend and food allowance of $6750. The program will also provide on-campus housing and cover travel up to $500.


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

Program Dates



For full consideration, applications must be submitted by February 12, 2024.

A complete application includes:

1. The online application form.
2. One letter 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).


We expect to notify applications who are accepted into the program by late February. Acceptance 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


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