|The graduating class of the 2009 NINR Summer Genetics Institute
This past summer, NINR held its 10th annual Summer Genetics Institute (SGI) on campus. An intensive program featuring lecture and hands-on laboratory training, the SGI is designed to provide graduate students, faculty and clinicians with a foundation in molecular genetics for use in research and clinical practice.
A total of 22 students from across the country, representing 15 different universities, completed this year’s program. At the graduation ceremony, NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady remarked to the class, “In the 21st century, genetics and genomics, both individual and population-based, are playing an increasingly central role in the health sciences…Your experience at the SGI has provided you with critical foundational knowledge and skills that will inform your work in the years ahead.”
Over SGI’s decade of existence, 182 individuals have completed the course. They have been a highly motivated and productive group, accounting for more than 130 peer-reviewed publications. In addition, one-third of the graduates have gone on to receive federal funding for their research, while others have received support from a variety of public and private sources.
This year marked the last SGI in its original 2-month format. Newly re-designed for 2010, the program will be condensed to 1 month and be administered by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences at NIH as one of its Bio-Trac courses. Participants who successfully complete the program will receive 8 hours of graduate-level college credit. NINR will continue to sponsor the SGI at no cost to participants and it will be taught by top scientists active in genetics research.
The dates for next year’s SGI are June 7-July 2. The application due date is Dec. 31. For more information about the SGI, visit www.ninr.nih.gov/Training/SGI. —Ray Bingham