USC undergraduate students attend a monthly GGURE meeting during the academic year.

Genomics and Geobiology Undergraduate Research Experience (GGURE)

Applications are now closed for Spring 2021. This will likely be the last semester that GGURE is offered.

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

Read the USC News feature article about GGURE, including student testimonials!

  • 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 ( or Dr. Steve Finkel ( for more information.

For current GGURE students

GGURE meeting schedule

Meetings will be once per month, TBD.


For USC undergraduate students

For all undergraduates

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