2024 RNA Institute Summer Bioinformatics Program

June 24 - August 2, 2024



The RNA Institute Summer Bioinformatics Program is a competitive summer training program held virtually for high school and undergraduate students. The bioinformatics program delivers training in bioinformatic analysis of RNA-Seq data followed by independent bioinformatic research supervised by an RNA Institute faculty member.  

Application Deadline: March 31, 2024

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2024 Bioinformatics Program Information
  • Highschool students: Only Rising Seniors are eligible and must have GPA above 3.2

  • Only High school students and undergraduate students who are US citizen, permanent resident or on F1/J1 visa are eligible to receive stipend on successful completion of the program

Summary of Bioinformatics Program

Bioinformatics Program (2024)

Below is a summary of the summer bioinformatics program.

  • 6 weeks in length, starts June 24th, ends Aug 1st 

  • After being selected to the program, students will receive a packet of information, including some pre-course work and administrative paperwork, by the end of May 

  • The pre-course work develops basic programming skills, and these short online courses should be completed prior to the start date of June 24th 

  • Participants are expected to be available for lectures and small group meetings (small group meeting times may be adjusted depending on group leaders) 

  • The summer bioinformatics program is separated into two projects: 

  • Project 1 is the same for all students and is used to teach a pipeline for analysis of RNA sequencing data 

  • Participants will complete Project 1 by July 7th 

  • Project 2 is based on data from or relevant to research in their mentor’s lab 

  • Participants are expected to have a plan for Project 2 and access to data for Project 2 by July 14th 

  • All participants will present their Project 2 at the RNA Day Summer celebration on August 1, or during the virtual summer symposium on August 2.  

  • Stipends will be available based on the successful completion of the program 

  • Application Deadline: March 31, 2024 


Required Materials

For the Bioinformatics program, a computer with access to high-speed internet is required.