Summer Research Opportunity Program in Genomic Data Science

Spring Fundraising Campaign 2024

Your gift helps train the next generation of genomics researchers

The Summer Research Opportunity Program in Genomic Data Science trains undergraduate students on how to apply data science methods to gain insight from genomics and other biomedical data sets. We aim to train outstanding students, including those from diverse backgrounds, including students from historically underrepresented groups and first-generation college families, through cutting-edge research and professional development to prepare them to be the next generation of genomic leaders.

Students in this 10-week, full-time program will work closely with faculty and staff mentors on research projects that apply data science methods to problems in biology and medicine. In addition to the mentored research experience, students participate in a broad range of career development and social activities.

It costs roughly $11,000 per student. Your generous gift will support summer students in our program by providing:

· Travel costs to and from Madison, WI

· Student food and housing near campus

· Student stipend of $6,786

Thank you for supporting the training of future leaders in data science and genomics.

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Student Testimonials

Yunju Ha

"During this program I learned how to apply the skills I used in my classes. I was excited to build machine learning models for the project and to learn about what other researchers do and the paths they took to get to where they are now."

Olivia Johnson

"I felt so welcomed by all of the professors and grad students and met some amazing friends. I felt very prepared for beginning research that I didn’t have a lot of background in and learned so much about research itself during this program."

Marley Joseph

"Being able to learn valuable research skills and work in a field that I am passionate about was very rewarding and helpful in becoming a better scientist. The professors and team were great at guiding me into something I had never done before."

Sarah Bennet

"This program made me more confident in my abilities to learn skills through application. I learned so much in such a short amount of time, more than I think I could learn in the same amount of time in school."

Jaren Bresnick

"One of the highlights for me was delving into the world of collaborative research projects. Engaging in these discussions fueled my enthusiasm for collaborative exploration."

Eric Zhou

"I liked how my professor gave me a lot of freedom in how I did my project. By allowing me to make mistakes, I was able to internalize any feedback better. I think it’s the best way to learn how to do research."

Participants in the 2021 program worked as a team on the new Genomic Variant Interpretation project. Click here to read about the student’s experience.

Learn about how to apply to the program at