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The Genomics Education Partnership

The goal of the Genomics Education Partnership (GEP) is to provide opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in genomics research. The GEP is a collaborative among faculty at over 100 primarily undergraduate institutions, with ~70 schools and over 1000 students contributing actively in any given year. Participating undergraduates learn to use cost-free, online bioinformatics tools to annotate genes and other genome features, leading to analysis of a question in genomics and research publication.

Faculty members of the GEP are interested in expanding their own knowledge and work in genomics, and in providing their students with a research experience; faculty incorporate GEP pedagogy into introductory biology, genetics, genomics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, independent studies, and other courses.

Becoming a GEP Member: The Genomics Education Partnership Faculty Mentoring Network (GEP/FMN):

In the fall of 2018, the GEP is partnering with the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) project to offer an online pathway to GEP membership via the Genomics Education Partnership/Faculty Mentoring Network (GEP/FMN). For the first time, new GEP members are embarking on a guided genomics training at their home institutions without travel to an introductory workshop, and with the support of a GEP faculty mentor who participates in GEP teaching and research.

Training in the GEP’s current scientific questions, research tools, and current pedagogy is comprised of the following elements:
1. Online discussions
2. Self-scheduled observation of short videos (15-60 minutes)
3. Self-scheduled GEP curriculum walk-throughs
4. Assignments to practice annotation skills, checks of student annotations, annotation project claiming and submission protocols, and navigation of the GEP communication network
5. Supportive one-on-one Q&A with GEP faculty mentors, as needed

Please contact Catherine Reinke (creinke "at" for questions regarding this FMN.

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