Genomic Research Experiences

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 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 (6 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

Oct 2 - Nov 3

GRE Application Open

Seeking Genomic Research Scholars for Spring 24!  Application Period is October 2nd to November 3rd

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

Application: Open October 2nd

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

  • 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 (to be updated)

Questions: Contact Dr. Kristy L. Duran ([email protected]) or Dr. Hsiu-Ping Liu ([email protected])


Leadership Team

Headshot of Kristy Duran

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
Genomic Research Experiences