Frequently asked questions and answers about the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute scholarship program

The UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute’s Research Mentoring Internship (RMI) is a $1,500 scholarship for qualified UC Santa Cruz undergraduate students. Sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute, the RMI awards support the NHGRI’s goal to increase the numbers and capabilities of minority scientists, science professionals, and ethicists.
The Research Mentoring Internship (RMI) is designed to support diversity at UCSC and in genomic research by providing scholarships and mentored research training for qualified, underrepresented undergraduates who are interested in genomics science and its ethical, legal, or social implications (ELSI).
The UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute Research Mentoring Internship (RMI) offers academic and professional advising, hands-on research training, as well as financial support. For more information, see our RMI program page.
Students from any major can apply. In addition to wet-lab and computational genomics research by science and engineering majors, RMI scholarships have been awarded for ELSI research into the psychology, philosophy, and sociology of genomics.

  • Read about the projects of RMI scholars

 

Other scholarship eligibility requirements:

  • US citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident
  • UC Santa Cruz undergraduate enrolled any declared major
  • Plans to pursue graduate study or a research career in a genomics-related field

 

Since the RMI diversity awards particularly support the NHGRI’s goal to increase the numbers and capabilities of minority scientists and science professionals, we especially encourage scholarship applications from students who are members of populations that are historically underrepresented in higher education and in genomic research: African American, Native Pacific Islander, Native American/Alaskan, Hispanic, Latina/o, and Chicana/o.

Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA
Participate in all required activities and meetings related to the RMI
Fulfill the requirements of your academic program
Complete a defined research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Projects may take a number of forms, determined in consultation with the program director and project mentor. Project options include research papers, poster and oral presentations, and literature reviews. All participants are required to present their research findings in a poster or oral presentation at a professional conference.
RMI scholarships are usually awarded only for one quarter but may be renewed depending on the nature of the student’s research and student performance. Scholars are eligible to receive $1,500 for each quarter that they apply or re-apply.
The RMI selection committee makes awards based on the following criteria:

  • Academic promise of the applicant
  • The potential impact on genome-related research
  • The overall quality and originality of the project proposal
  • Contributions to diversity at UC Santa Cruz and in genomic research
If you intend to apply for a RMI scholarship, please contact the Office of Diversity program director, Zia Isola (isola@soe.ucsc.edu, 831-459-1702), to discuss your application and research proposal before beginning the application process.
  1. Completed copy of the RMI application
  2. Your resume or CV
  3. Current copy of your unofficial transcript
  4. Letter of support from a faculty member who is willing to be your research advisor for the project. If you do not yet have a faculty mentor, the RMI team will help you find an appropriate match.
  • RMI applications are generally accepted each quarter on the last day of instruction.
  • Entering transfer students have different deadlines for fall funding. Please contact the Office of Diversity program director, Zia Isola (isola@soe.ucsc.edu, 831-459-1702) for additional instructions and application information.