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Researcher Sofie Salama looks over the shoulder of a student looking though a book in a lab. Both are wearing lab coats.


Students who participate in the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute Research Mentoring Internship (RMI) program can expect to gain a realistic picture of academic research careers based on actual experience in these roles. RMI exposes undergraduate students to the nature and rigors of a research environment under the close supervision of faculty mentoring.

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The UC Santa Cruz Treehouse Undergraduate Bioinformatics Immersion (TUBI) is a pediatric genomics research group for undergraduate students, run out of the Vaske lab as part of the Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative. TUBI researchers work on bioinformatics projects related to finding novel drug targets for pediatric cancer patients

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Science and Justice

The Science & Justice Research Center at UC Santa Cruz offers a wide range of courses across UCSC’s many disciplines with faculty whose research questions the relationships between science, society and justice. UCSC allows strong academic performing students to supplement their experience by working directly with a faculty member under Individual Studies and Majors.

Common majors for students interested in genomics include:

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology B.S.
  • Bioengineering B.S.
  • Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics B.S.
  • Biology B.A. & B.S.
  • Computer Engineering B.S.
  • Computer Science B.S.
  • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology B.S. 
  • Human Biology B.S. 
  • Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology B.S.
  • Neuroscience & Behavior B.S.

There are a number of courses that you can take that are specific to genomics science, most of which you can locate by searching the course listings for Biomolecular Engineering. Genomics-related courses outside of BME include Genomics and Society  (SOCY 121G), Principles of Human Genetics (BIOL 118), and Translational pediatric genomics (BIOL 280V)

We also offer a bioinformatics summer shortcourse for new students!

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There are a number of clubs and student groups on campus that discuss topics and projects related to genomics, and can help you network!

  • Bioinformatics Club – Biweekly meetings involving coding, advice, and community. 
  • Santa Cruz RNA Club– Meets throughout the academic year for presentations by researchers from UCSC and other universities and companies. 
  • Stem Cell Club– A journal club open to anyone who is interested in discussing current research in stem cell science.
  • Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)– an organization run by graduate students, but which welcomes the participation of undergraduate students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
  •  Undergraduate Neuroscience Club – a community of students interested in sharing neuroscience opportunities at UC Santa Cruz.

Look for openings in the labs of Genomics Institute affiliated faculty, or apply to one of the programs at the top of this page!

The UCSC Genome Browser is our most widely used genomics tool. Tens of thousands of researchers access it each year to view all 23 chromosomes of the human genome, down to its individual nucleotides. It also provides access to the genomes of more than one hundred other organisms.

Our education module is designed to assist teachers and students in understanding selected topics in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Medicine, Population Biology and Evolution.

Using the Genome Browser as a display device, the new module is organized as short stories written by undergraduates for undergraduates.

Last modified: May 07, 2024