Bioinformatics Research Experience

We are no longer accepting applications for this year's program. Thank you to all who have applied.

The Bioinformatics Research Experience at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research is a four-week research training program for high school and undergraduate students interested in learning scientific biological data analysis. During their time with Coriell, students will learn:

  • How scientific research is conducted in a professional setting and how bioinformatics works on a day-to-day basis
  • How to read and interpret scientific peer-reviewed literature
  • Data analysis skills
  • About cutting edge research in bioinformatics

The 2020 Bioinformatics Research Experience runs from July 7 through July 31 on Tuesdays through Fridays and will be held virtually. At the successful completion of the program, students will receive $1,000. 

It's important to note that applicants must have access to a computer of sufficient specifications and access to the internet (detailed below) and must be available to attend each day of the program.


  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident (Proof of valid work authorization is required)
  • Be at least 17 years of age by July 1, 2020
  • Have a strong interest in science (advanced science classes are preferred)
  • Be available to participate in all four weeks of the program
  • Have some familiarity with at least one programming language (e.g. python, perl, R, Java, MATLAB, C++, etc.)
  • Must have access to a computer 
  • Your computer must meet the specifications and internet connection listed below:
    • An average of 10 Mbps upload/download internet speeds 
      • If you are not sure what your internet speed is and would like to perform a test, please visit the Speed Test website.
    • Minimum of i5 processor and minimum 4GB RAM, 8 GB preferred

Who Should Apply

  • High school and undergraduate students
  • Current juniors and seniors in high school (must be at least 17 years of age by July 1, 2020) who are interested in performing research at the intersection of biology and computer science/mathematics
  • Undergraduate students majoring in Computer Science, Informatics, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Engineering, Chemistry/Chemical Sciences or Biological Sciences and have an interest in Biomedical Big Data Science
  • Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply

How to Apply

To apply for this internship, we ask that you follow this link  to complete the application form. No applications for the 2020 program will be accepted after 12:00AM (EST) May 29, 2020. The form is a comprehensive questionnaire with required sections including:

  • Contact information
  • Academic background
  • Hardware
  • Experience  

In addition, the form contains a section for document uploads. A cover letter, resume, and class transcript (unofficial accepted) are each required. Only PDFs will be accepted.

Finalists may be contacted for a phone/Skype interview in early June.