The Center for Biomolecular Science & Engineering (CBSE) at UCSC offers the Research Mentoring Institute (RMI) for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students—from any discipline—interested in pursuing research projects in areas relevant to the human genome, including the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genome research.
Supported by a grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute, the RMI offers two award programs:
The RMI provides an extended mentoring community and individual support for students to continue their studies and pursue a related career. Scholars receive mentoring from faculty advisors, other students, and the program director. Accepted scholars must fulfill program requirements and must be dedicated to continuing to a PhD and beyond. Students who participate in the RMI can expect to gain a realistic picture of academic research careers based on actual experience in these roles. The program exposes students to the nature and rigors of a research environment under the close supervision of faculty mentoring, thus enhancing preparation for and success in graduate school and beyond.
The RMI community of current and former scholars shares their interest in genomic research and related ethical, legal and social issues with other students from underrepresented groups. The institute engages graduate fellows as peer mentors to undergraduate awardees, thereby creating a pipeline of support and mentorship.
The RMI scholar support program includes
- Regular RMI meetings
- Advising with the program director
- Participation in scheduled research and professional development events and workshops
- A recognition ceremony at the end of the year, where scholars present their research findings and engage the audience in a scholarly presentation