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Joint Genome Institute (JGI)

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Joint Genome Institute (JGI)

The Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI) is managed by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) to produce high-throughput DNA sequencing and analysis in support of its missions in alternative energy, global carbon cycling and biogeochemistry. This valuable partnership provides UC Merced students with the opportunity to experience research in a national laboratory setting. 

Summer 2017 Cohort outside of JGI

Types of Research

Data science will be the emphasis for Summer 2019 projects. JGI will be relocating to the LBL main site this coming summer, which will impact hosting students on site. Students with basic microbiology and/or genomics understanding, ability to analyze large data sets, coding, and some experience with Python will be given priority in the application process.

Program Eligibility and Requirements

To be eligible for selection, each applicant must:

  • Be enrolled in a UC undergraduate degree program
  • Be on track to receive a bachelor's degree 
  • Be in good academic standing with the university
  • Be able to demonstrate potential for success in a graduate program
  • Prior research experience preferred

The following materials are needed to complete the JGI application:

  1. UROC online application
  2. Statement of purpose and personal essay, as described in the online application
  3. One letter of recommendation 
  4. One unofficial transcript from the portal
  5. Resume or CV

Summer 2017 Cohort enjoying refreshments

Application Peroid for Summer 2020 will open December 15, 2019. UROC will coordinate the selection of scholars with JGI Researchers. 

Students can still apply to other national labs through the SULI application.
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)


Contact Information:

Jorge Arroyo 
Director, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center
Student Services Building, 230
University of California, Merced