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About the Program

The Indiana Genomics Research Training Program for Data Scientists (INGEN4DS) provides support to prepare a diverse cohort of master’s degree students in data science-related programs to enter the genomics workforce or to apply to PhD programs in the genomics field. Support for this year-long program is provided by the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health (R25HG012325).

Limited funding is available for up to eight qualified applicants each year. INGEN4DS scholars are provided with tuition credits and fees for up to nine credit hours and a stipend ($19,200). They also receive travel funds for attendance at a scientific conference.

  • Program benefits
    • Hands-on practical training in analyzing large-scale genomics data sets using advanced data science methods and state-of-the-art computing resources.

    • Coaching and individualized advising from INGEN4DS faculty and staff.

    • Co-mentor teams consisting of one faculty member conducting genomics-related wet-lab research and one computational faculty member using advanced data science techniques.

    • Professional development seminars that expand knowledge of the genomics workforce.

    • Networking opportunities.

    • Presentation and publication opportunities.

  • What scholars can expect to gain from INGEN4DS
    • Real-world training in genomics and highly sought-after job skills.

    • Valuable career development skills.

    • Effective communication skills necessary for working on interdisciplinary genomics workforce teams.

    • Appreciation for career and/or research opportunities in genomics.

  • Dates and work schedule

    The year-long program begins either the first week of January or June. INGEN4DS scholars are expected to commit 40 hours per week, Monday–Friday, during the summer months and 15 hours per week during the fall and spring academic semesters.

    In addition to genomics research, each INGEN4DS scholar is expected to participate in weekly seminars and journal clubs.

  • Funding

    A stipend of $19,200 is provided for the year-long program. In addition to the stipend, INGEN4DS scholars will receive up to nine credit hours of tuition remission and fees towards genomics-related coursework, independent study, or thesis research credit. INGEN4DS scholars will also receive $1,000 towards research expenses and $1,000 towards travel to a national scientific conference.

  • Application Timeline
    Cohort Start Application Due Acceptance Letters Provided Student Accepts Program Offer
    January October 31 Mid -November December 1
    June March 31 Mid -April May 1