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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

Internship themes include:

  • Functional Cenomics
  • Synthetic biology 
  • Comparative Genomics 
  • Environmental Genomics
  • Eukaryotic Systems
  • Fungal Genomics 
  • Synthetic Biology Informatics
  • Microbiome Data Science
  • Micro-Scale Application
  • OMICs Analysis
  • Metabolomics Technology
  • Sequencing Technology
  • Genomic Technologies
  • Plant Genomics 
  • Microbial Systems
  • Genomics of Plant-Microbial Interactions
  • Plant Functional Genomics
  • Genome Analysis
  • Single Cells
  • Synthetic Biology-Pathway Engineering

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 
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher
  • 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. JGI online application form through SULI
  2. Statement of purpose and personal essay, as described in the online application
  3. Two letters of recommendation from a UC Merced faculty member
  4. One unofficial transcript from the portal
  5. Resume or CV

Summer 2017 Cohort enjoying refreshments

Application process for Summer 2018 is now closed. UROC will coordinate 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