Opportunities in Genomics Research (OGR) invites bright, innovative and talented students to participate in our summer (Undergraduate Scholars) or postbaccalaureate (Extensive Study) research programs. The goal of OGR is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue PhDs in genomics and related fields.

  • Undergraduate Scholars program
    A 10-week summer program focused on engaging students in research and intensive academic enhancement/graduate school preparation workshops. The program dates are May 29 – August 7, 2020. The application for summer 2020 opens on December 16 and the deadline for application submission is January 31, 2020.
    • Applications for 2020 are closed.
  • Extensive Study program
    A year-long program designed for recent graduates offering the opportunity for research experience and more mentoring prior to entering a graduate program. The program dates for the current (2020/2021) program are September 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. Applications for the  postbaccalaureate program will be open March 1-April 15, 2020.
    • To start an application for the extensive study program, click Apply Online button below, create new account, and use the application for Summer Undergraduate Research Programs. Do NOT use Online Application link when logged in to the system.

All students participating in the OGR Undergraduate Scholars or Extensive Study programs will be part of a top lab team led by one of many renowned scientists at Washington University School of Medicine. All students will give oral presentations of their research findings at the end of their respective programs.

All OGR programs include enrichment activities:

  • Career counseling and workshops
  • Presentation and writing skills help sessions
  • Bioinformatics workshops

The programs provide very competitive summer stipends and postbaccalaureate salaries. For summer students, on-campus housing and travel to the program are provided.

Undergraduate Scholars must be a sophomore, junior, or senior at a four-year institution at the time of entry into the program.


Extensive Study scholars must have completed a BS within two years of application.

Requirements for both programs:

  • GPA: Competitive – highly competitive
  • Residency: Must be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Major/Degree: Science, technology, engineering or mathematics (with some exceptions)

OGR is supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Diversity Action Plan.


Visit ApplyWeb to apply for the OGR programs.

The 2019 Undergraduate Scholars program application deadline is February 1, 2019.

Selected labs

The available projects and mentors for OGR participants represent various fields related to our mission from genomics and genetics to physiology to cancer biology. Listed below are only a few of the past OGR mentors to demonstrate the types of projects that have been available to students: 

  • Luis Batista – stem cells, iPS cells, telomerase, DNA repair, DNA damage, tissue dysfunction, telomeres 
  • Barak Cohen – systems biology, enhancers and gene regulatory networks, non-coding genetic variation, computational biology, genomics 
  • Kerry Kornfeld – genetics, cell biology and developmental biology
  • Christopher Maher – non-coding RNAs, lncRNAs, cancer genomics, transcriptome, bioinformatics
  • Kristen Naegle – computational molecular systems biology, post-translational modifications, signal transduction and proteomics
  • Eugene Oltz – cancer, chromatin, epigenetics, genome rearrangements, transcriptional regulation 
  • Christina Guzman-Strong – epigenetics, genetics, genomics, chromatin, enhancer, skin, transcriptional regulation, disease, translational research 
  • Matt Walter – cancer, functional genomics, gene expression profiling, hematopoiesis, stem cells, tumor biology
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