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Genetics is one of the most exciting, rapidly expanding areas in the life sciences. More than an independent discipline, it has become the basis for understanding many aspects of medical and agricultural systems, animal and plant diseases, and even animal behavior. Developments in molecular genetics have provided biotechnologies that will dramatically affect our lives from the improved diagnosis of human disease, to the production of viral-resistant crops, to environmental cleanup.

The curriculum in genetics allows the study of several different aspects of genetics, including population genetics, human genetics and genetic engineering. The genetics major is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for advanced studies in all disciplines related to life sciences from medicine/veterinary medicine to genetic engineering. This basic science curriculum also has enough flexibility to allow a student to prepare for diverse careers such as forensics, medicine, business or law.

Summer Undergraduate Research in Genetics and Genomics (SURGe) at Texas A&M University

The Program: Students will participate in a 10-week summer (Tentative dates: starts on Tuesday, May 28th and ends  on Thursday, August 8th, 2024) research program under the direction of the Genetics / Genomics faculty. Topics of research include:

  • Biomedical Genetics / Genomics
  • Animal Genetics / Genomics
  • Plant Genetics / Genomics
  • Evolutionary Genetics / Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computational Genetics / Genomics
  • Microbial Genetics / Genomics

Students will have weekly meetings, which allows them to explore research and career opportunities in genetics and genomics, discuss research ethics, information for applying to graduate schools, and learn effective oral and written presentation skills. Additionally, participants will take GENE 657, a 3-cr course ‘Command Line Skills’, that will provide training modern bioinformatics tools via command-line that are used in genetics and genomics and which can be transferred to their home institution. Financial support will include a stipend of $7,000, in addition to living expenses (room and board) on campus, and travel expenses.

Eligibility: The program is open to undergraduate students majoring in genetics, genomics, biology, or any life science. Preference will be given to candidates who have finished their third year and have already taken a genetics course. However, outstanding students who have completed their second year of college work will also be considered. This program is committed to provide research opportunities for students from groups that are underserved in the sciences. Due to funding sources, preference is given to US citizens and permanent residents.

** We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2024. The deadline to apply was March 1st, 2024 **

The next application cycle will open in January 6th, 2025 and it will be for students wanting to join the SURGE program in summer 2025
(We will provide a new application link in January 2025)
2023 SURGe students
In Summer 20023, we had the pleasure of hosting six awesome students from different undergraduate institutions all over the country! Check them out!!
1. Valeria Silva from The University of Texas at El Paso (TAMUGENE Host Lab: Dr. Adam Case)
2. Abigail Clopton from Angelo State University (TAMUGENE Host Lab: Dr. Michael Golding)
3. Elexys Peoples from Southwestern College (TAMUGENE Host Lab Dr. Heath Blackmon)
4. Erin Horack from Penn State University (TAMUGENE Host Lab Dr. Jessica Galloway-Pena)
5. Leila Martinez from Texas Lutheran University (TAMUGENE Host Lab: Drs. Bayless and Gregory)
6. Luke Bamrud from Grand Canyon University (TAMUGENE Host Lab: Dr. Akhilesh Gaharwar)