Mark Your Calendar!
SGI will be held June 3-28, 2013.
Application period opens January 14, 2013, closes March 18, 2013.

Program Description

The Summer Genetics Institute (SGI) is a tuition-free one-month intensive research training program at the National Institutes of Health (NHI) in Bethesda, Maryland. Sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), the SGI provides participants with a foundation in molecular genetics appropriate for use in research and clinical practice. The program seeks to increase the research capability among graduate students and faculty and to develop and expand clinical practice in genetics among clinicians. Administered by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) as one of its Specialty Bio-Trac programs, the SGI features lectures and hands-on laboratory training. On completion of the program, participants receive eight hours of graduate-level college credit from FAES.

More than 200 SGI graduates are making a difference in communities across the country -- building programs of nursing research in genetics; disseminating the results of genetics-related research in peer-reviewed scientific publications and at scientific conferences; and integrating genetics content in nursing school curricula and practice.

Video: Inside the NINR SGI

2010 NINR Summer Genetics Institute students explain how the course helped them improve skills to further their research career.

SGI Program Objectives

Participants in the SGI will increase their knowledge of molecular genetics for use in research, teaching, and clinical practice. Specifically, they will be able to:

  • Use molecular genetics methods in biobehavioral research in a laboratory setting
  • Analyze strategies used for genomic-based therapies and describe trends in the molecular therapeutics
  • Identify the strengths, weaknesses, and applications of genetic tests
  • Examine the ethical and legal issues related to genetic testing and genetic counseling and their implications for practice and research

Who Should Attend?

Nursing graduate students, faculty, and clinicians who are citizens or permanent U.S. residents may apply. Applicants should demonstrate potential for highly productive research or a clinical career. Applications will be evaluated based on the following: academic performance (especially in science courses), research experience, publications, recommendation letters (3), and a personal statement.

Please note: Although a GRE score is not required to apply to the SGI, all applicants must submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae (cv).

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SGI 2013 will take place in Building 60 on the NIH campus. Although the SGI program is provided by the NINR at no cost, participants must make and pay for their own travel and housing arrangements and pay the costs of housing, food, and transportation for the duration of the program.

The NINR offers the following links to resources in the Bethesda NIH campus area to help participants plan their stay.

NIH Housing List

Area Hotels

Bethesda Campus Map

NIH Security Info

NIH Transportation Services (including campus shuttle)

Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (bus and subway)

Ride-On Map (local bus routes)

NIH Moving Guide

Bethesda Dining

Applying to the SGI

NINR will begin accepting applications for SGI 2013 on January 14, 2013. Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on March 18, 2013.
Visit the application page to begin the application process.

Please note: If you have applied to the SGI or the Graduate Partnerships Program in previous years, you must send an email to before you begin the application process. The previous application must be deleted from the system before you can submit a new one. Thank you for your cooperation.

Required Applications Materials

  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (cv)
  • transcript(s)
  • a personal statement
  • three recommendation letters

Please note: a GRE score is not required for the SGI.

Contact Information:

Summer Genetics Institute
Division of Intramural Research
National Institute of Nursing Research
National Institutes of Health
1 Cloister Court
Room 253, MSC 4733
Bethesda, Maryland



Contact NINR Training Director Dr. Mary Engler for questions on the SGI.

Please put "SGI" in the subject line:

Dr. Mary Engler
Phone: 301-594-0081 

How to Apply
Application instructions for the 2013 SGI.  More...