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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. 

UC Merced Interns Reflect on Their Summer Projects at JGI

Over the course of eight weeks this past summer (2020), 10 students from UC Merced worked closely with JGI scientists on research projects that contribute to the larger mission of the U.S. Department of Energy. Students also worked with their mentors to practice and develop presentation skills as well as build their network in the field of genomics and scientific research.

The topics students worked on ranged far and wide — from implementing new data visualization tools to using natural language processing techniques to categorize genetic information. Learn more about their work here in a series of videos produced by JGI Communications & Outreach intern Ashleigh Papp.


Summer 2017 Cohort outside of JGI


Types of Research

Data science will be the emphasis for summer projects since JGI relocated to the Lawrence Berkeley Labs main site in Berkeley, CA this summer. Projects will continue to be remote in the future with the potential for a few students to be on-site in Brekeley. 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 OPEN: Summer 2021 Application Deadline February 15, 2021


Students can still apply to other national labs through the SULI application.
US Department of Energy - Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)


Contact Information:

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