Genomics and Society Mentorship Program

Enhancing diversity among future ethical, legal and social implications researchers

Open to undergraduate students interested in the ethics of research, clinical care and/or public health, the Johns Hopkins Genomics and Society Mentorship Program begins with a 10-week Summer Internship Program (SIP) through the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The Johns Hopkins SIP provides summer research experience to underrepresented minorities, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds, and students with disabilities. Through the Mentorship Program, these students will gain experience doing research centered on ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genomics.

Program Features

  • Mentored research
  • Weekly journal club
  • Bimonthly seminars
  • Professional development sessions
  • Foundational courses
  • $3,000 stipend
Classroom and teacher

Faculty from the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics will mentor trainees on bioethics broadly, and in the context of their specific projects, enabling students to identify and analyze morally relevant issues in science, medicine, and public health. Students will continue their connection to the Program throughout the academic year (for a total of 15 months), co-lead the planning of an activity (e.g., seminar, outreach event) related to their interests in Genomics and Society at their home institution, and return to Hopkins for one week the following summer for additional training, mentorship, and connection with the next cohort of trainees.

Program Details

Interns will learn skills, be exposed to the range of possible training and career options in ELSI research, and with the guidance of a faculty mentor, work on issues in genomics and society.

Interns will attend a workshop/seminar designed specifically for them and their cohort. In addition, they may choose to enroll in foundational courses in the Berman Institute’s existing Summer Institute.

These are in addition to those activities available to all Summer Internship Program students, such as weekly journal club and the bimonthly seminars and professional development sessions. By the end of summer, students will be expected to be able to identify morally relevant issues in science, medicine, research and public health, and to engage in sound reasoning about those issues.  Participants will develop these core skills through exposure to foundational bioethics methodologies, the application of those skills and methodologies to important historical and contemporary cases, and to participants’ own interests.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be full-time college students, who have completed at least one full year of collegiate study. Recent college graduates are not eligible to apply.

Affiliated Project

Program Director

BRIDGES: Center for Bridging Infectious Disease, Genomics, and Society
Considering ethical implications of personalized approaches to treating infectious diseases made possible by genomic technological advances
Debra Mathews, PhD, MA
Assistant Director for Science Programs; Core Faculty; Associate Professor

Program Mentors

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH
Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director; Core Faculty; Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy
Gail Geller, ScD, MHS
Director of Education Initiatives; Core Faculty; Professor
Travis N. Rieder, PhD
Director of the MBE Program; Assistant Director for Education Initiatives; Associate Faculty; Research Scholar
Angie Boyce, PhD
Associate Faculty; Research Scholar
Alexis Walker
Hecht-Levi Fellow