Genomic Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The goal of the Genomic Research Experiences for Undergraduates is to prepare and support students for graduate school and/or a career in genomic research. This includes providing high-quality research experiences, professional development opportunities, and mentorship while building a robust community of research scholars.

We are looking for enthusiastic students that are interested in Genomic Research!

Genomic Research Experiences students can enter the program as either a first-year scholar (Novice Scholar) or as a second-year scholar (Apprentice Scholar).

  • Novice Scholars are students who have not yet completed the 16 credits of coursework required (see list below) for the Genomics Research Experiences program and have not participated in any research.
  • Apprentice Scholars are students who have taken a minimum of 8 credits of required coursework (see list below) and have participated in research.

Genomic Research Experiences for Undergraduates Requirements

If you are accepted into the GREU program, you will need to complete these requirements.

1. Knowledge Foundation

Required Coursework (16 credits)

· BIO 1080 General Biology I (3 Credits)

· BIO 1090 General Biology Laboratory I (1 Credit)

· BIO 3610 Genetics: Principles & Analysis (4 Credits)

· BIO 390U Genomic and Bioinformatics (3 Credits)

· MTH 1210 Introduction to Statistics (4 Credits)

· UC390 Foundations of Research (1 Credit)

2. Research Experiences

· Techniques Bootcamp (3 weeks)

· Three Lab Rotations over the first year

· Summer Immersive Research Experience

3. Professional Development Skills and Mentoring and Community Building

Weekly professional development/networking events.

Upcoming Events

March 1st

GREU Application Open

GREU Events

Genomic Research Scholars for Fall 24 Application Period.

This program aims to build scholars’ STEM identity in the pursuit of STEM graduate degrees and careers.

Application Deadline: April 15th

Full consideration will be given for applications submitted before April 15th.

Eligibility: This is an NIH funded program. You must fill all of these requirements:

  • Must have completed one academic year at MSU Denver
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Underrepresented in biomedical research.
    • Individuals from racial and ethnic groups such as Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders
    • Individuals with disabilities
    • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds
    • Women from the above backgrounds at the graduate level and beyond in scientific fields


  • Tuition and fee
  • Health insurance
  • Hourly wage for learning research


  • 20 hours a week

Questions: Contact Justin Wu ([email protected])


Leadership Team

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Dr. Kristy L. Duran

Faculty Director of Undergraduate Research and Professor of Biology

[email protected] 303-605-7401
Hsiu-Ping Liu

Dr. Hsiu-Ping Liu

Director of Center for Advanced STEM Education and Professor of Biology

[email protected] 303-615-0221
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Dr. Audrey Hendricks

CU Associate Professor of Statistics

[email protected]
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Dr. Erin Golden

Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities at CU Denver

[email protected]
Genomic Research Experiences for Undergraduates