Diversity is the driver of innovation and organizational competitiveness; this is also true for scientific discovery. New strategies to increase the diversity of biomedical scientists engaged in genetic and genomic research are especially important in the South, where there is a large African-American population and a significant number of people who experience health care disparities.
In an effort to increase Alabama’s diversity of researchers in the field of genetics and genomics, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology have developed the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Genomic Medicine (SURE-GM) training program, tailored to undergraduate students from historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) in Alabama.
SURE-GM is funded by a five-year, $1.2 million NIH award and is co-directed by Bruce Korf, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Genomic Officer for UAB and Greg Barsh, M.D., Ph.D., faculty chair and investigator at HudsonAlpha.
Each year, 12 students will be recruited from Alabama HBCU’s to participate in the two-year summer program. Trainees will spend the first summer at HudsonAlpha engaged in training in foundational research skills and the second summer in a mentored research experience at either UAB or HudsonAlpha. They will participate in a continuity program during the intervening academic year. For the first four years, 12 scholars will be selected each year.
SURE-GM provides a stipend each Summer, housing and lab supplies. Additionally, four selected trainees will receive funding to attend the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) annual training meeting. To learn more visit SURE-GM.org
SURE-GM is supported by National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health under the award number R25HG010028