The Genomics and Geobiology Undergraduate Research Experience (GGURE) is a research internship program for USC sophomores, juniors, and seniors majoring in the life sciences, earth and marine sciences, computational sciences, and engineering. There is both a part-time program during the academic year and a full-time program over 10 weeks during the summer break at the University of Southern California. The GGURE program offers USC undergraduates the opportunity to participate actively in a research group, with either an experimental or computational focus, and perform original research under the direct supervision of a faculty mentor.
Basics of the GGURE program
- GGURE was originally funded by the National Institutes of Health (Genomics Research Experience for Undergraduates program of the Center for Excellence in Genome Science aimed at students from underrepresented backgrounds) and is currently funded by C-DEBI which is a National Science Foundation funded Science and Technology Center with assistance from the USC’s Office of the Provost.
- USC undergraduate students find a mentor and lab at USC in which they would like to conduct research.
- GGURE students meet about once per month during the academic year and once per week during the 10 week summer program. Topics include: how to create research presentations, curriculum vitae vs. resume, graduate and professional program application preparation, interview strategies, and more. Meetings can also include guest speaker seminars and science journal club.
- The University allows student workers to work up 20 hours per week on campus, but we ask that students work 12 to 14 hours per week as part of GGURE during the academic year and 30 to 35 hours per week in the summer.
- Because of the generous per hour pay rate, we hope that your GGURE research position be your only job on campus so that you can maintain your high academic achievement.
- Students are responsible for whether or not their research position will put their financial aid in jeopardy.
- No federal work study is needed to participate in the GGURE program, but we can work with you if you do have work study.
- We will periodically survey students to ask demographic data, major, year, etc. for funder reporting purposes and we’ll want to know what your academic/career path is like after you leave USC.
- More details are available for students who are interested in participating. Please contact Gwen Noda (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Steve Finkel (email@example.com) for more information.
For current GGURE students
- Not sure when your timesheet is due? See the online payroll calendar. You can get a hard copy of the payroll calendar from the Business Office in PED 130.
- If you need to fill out a paper timesheet, here is one that is started for you.
GGURE meeting schedule
2017-2018 GGURE program: September 7, 2017 to May 11, 2018
- Tues, September 19, 2017, 5:15pm, RRI 421
- Mon, October 23, 5:15pm, RRI 221
- Tues, November 28, 5:15pm, RRI 421
Spring semester meeting dates TBD
For USC undergraduate students
- Research for USC Students
- USC Undergraduate Education: Finding research opportunities and support
- Undergraduate Research Opportunities
- USC Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work
- USC Dornsife’s Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR)
- USC Dornsife’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF)
- USC Center for Academic Support: Looking for tutoring? Under Center Services, click on Tutor Request.
- USC Viterbi Scholarships and Financial Aid
- USC WISE undergraduate research experience
For all undergraduates
- Pathways to Science: Find research opportunities around the world
- KGI Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program
- USC Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE): Advice for designing effective scientific posters and some examples
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