Description of the Program

The Department of Genetics of the University of Georgia invites undergraduates interested in a career in genetics research to apply for positions in our summer research program. Students will be matched with a faculty mentor in the Department of Genetics and participate in research as a member of a research team. The faculty member will help design and monitor an appropriate full-time research project for the student or incorporate the student into ongoing research. Participants will be expected to devote at least a 40-hour week to this program. At the conclusion of the program, the student will prepare an abstract, data summary, and conclusions drawn from the work and present them in a poster format to other students and to the department.

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 of $2,300 for *late May - the end of July, 2019. In addition, dormitory housing, meals, and a travel allowance will be paid for and provided by the program.

*Official program dates will be posted at a later date for 2019


We are particularly interested in applications from students in groups currently underrepresented in the sciences who have completed their junior year in college and who have a strong academic record 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.


Applications are due March 2nd, 2019 and announcement of participants will be made in early April. Application forms can be found below. If you have questions, please contact

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

*Please mail all applications and letters of recommendations to the address above. The reference form can be mailed or faxed. The fax number is included on the reference form.

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