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Genetics Training grant openings for graduate students

Call for Genetics Training Grant Applications


We anticipate several openings for traineeships on the Genetics Training Grant in the next few months and would like to invite applications from graduate students who have completed their qualifying exams before the start of the award. All interested students are urged to apply.

We particularly urge applications from under represented minority students.

Applications should be addressed to: Patty Lisieski -

Department of Human Genetics


Applications should include the following items:


1.   Cover sheet, which can be downloaded from (see “Applications and Policies”, or contact Patty Lisieski (1-2612; to get the cover sheet form.

2.   Your curriculum vitae

3.   A short (2-4 pages) carefully thought out summary of your thesis research project. Summarize the problem (include some strategic literature references), what you have accomplished so far, and your research goals for your tenure as a graduate student. There is a limit of four pages, not including references or figures. Font must be 11 pt Arial, with 1 inch margins.

4.   Copies of your academic transcripts, both undergraduate and graduate

5.   Copy of the report of your GRE scores

6.   Supporting letters from your major professor and two other professors who are familiar with your research.


Submit Items 1-5 above as a single pdf file to Patty Lisieski (


Training grant policies you should be aware of are:

      (a) The primary criteria for selection will be:

               1) scientific excellence and 2) relevance of the proposed research to the field of Genetics.

      (b) Support is provided for a maximum of three years and not beyond the sixth year as a graduate student.

      (c) NIH requires that trainees be U.S. citizens, U.S. noncitizen national or a permanent resident of the U.S.

      (d) Graduate students must be residents of the State of Utah and eligible for in-state tuition.

      (e) All trainees must take Scientific Integrity and Ethics of Science Research (MBIOL 7570)

      (f)  All trainees must take the Core graduate course Genetics (MBIOL 6420).

      (g) All trainees must take a designated advanced genetics course (eg. HGEN 6092).

      (h) All trainees must enroll in the Trainee Lunch/RIP series, Genetics Conferences (HGEN 7850).

      (i)  Trainees will participate in the Genetics Interest Group Seminar Series and the Annual Retreat.

      (j)  Efforts will be made to support a maximum of one trainee per lab.                                


If you have applied before and are interested in applying again, please contact David Grunwald ( You may request that your old application be used again - with an updated research summary and application summary sheet. It is strongly advised that you request new supporting letters.



Application deadline: Thursday March 6, 2014

Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing Scheduled for August 3-15, 2014

Computational scientists now have the opportunity to apply for the upcoming Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC), to take place from August 3-15, 2014.

The program provides intensive hands-on training on the key skills, approaches, and tools to design, implement, and execute computational science and engineering applications on current supercomputers and the HPC systems of the future. As a bridge to that future, this two-week program to be held at the Pheasant Run Resort in suburban Chicago fills the gap that exists in the training computational scientists typically receive through formal education or shorter courses.

Instructions for applying to the program can be found at … The deadline for applying is March 31, 2014.

With the challenges posed by the architecture and software environments of today’s most powerful supercomputers, and even greater complexity on the horizon from next-generation and exascale systems, there is a critical need for specialized, in-depth training for the computational scientists poised to facilitate breakthrough science and engineering using these unprecedented resources. 

Program Curriculum

Renowned scientists, HPC experts, and leaders will serve as lecturers and will guide the hands-on laboratory sessions. The core curriculum will address:

  • Computer architectures and their predicted evolution
  • Programming methodologies effective across a variety of today’s supercomputers and that are expected to be applicable to exascale systems
  • Approaches for performance portability among current and future architectures
  • Numerical algorithms and mathematical software
  • Performance measurement and debugging tools
  • Data analysis, visualization, and methodologies and tools for Big Data applications
  • Approaches to building community codes for HPC systems 

Eligibility and Application

Doctoral students, postdocs, and computational scientists interested in attending ATPESC can review eligibility and application details on the event website.


There are no fees to participate. Domestic airfare, meals, and lodging are provided. 


Summer School on Uncertainty Quantification


Summer School on Uncertainty Quantification to take place on August 12-14 at
the University of Southern California. 
The website for the Summer School can be accessed at:

Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing

Location: TBD – (Chicago area)

The purpose of the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing is to train computational scientists on the key skills, approaches, and tools that are necessary for implementing and executing computational science and engineering (CS&E) projects on the current and next generations of leadership computing facility (LCF) systems. The two-week program will involve daily lectures and hands-on laboratory sessions, and will culminate in a final exam.

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