GAIN - Genentech- Foundation sponsored Academic Inspiration Network

Genentech Foundation sponsors fellowships for two 2022 programs:

  • Mentoring support for Spring Biology classes (remotely)

  • Summer Research Internships at UCSC

About our UCSC mentors

All GAIN mentors work as postdocs in UCSC laboratories. That means that all mentors have completed a PhD (mostly at different universities) and are now conducting research projects in a laboratory of UCSC professors in biomedical fields. Most postdocs will continue their career as professors at a variety of universities (predominantly teaching, predominantly research, or liberal arts), in biotech, in government agencies, or other science-related fields. UCSC does not have a medical school, so none of the mentors underwent medical training. Links to the labs where the postdocs spent most of their time are in our photo gallery.

Photos of 2021 GAIN mentors and students

Photos of 2022 GAIN mentors

2022 Program overview (CSUMB students)

All students may apply to both programs

1) Mentoring Support (spring) - application deadline: Feb 25, 2022 (extended to March 4, 2022)

Selected GAIN fellows who are enrolled in a Biology class in Spring 2022 will receive mentoring support by UCSC postdocs regarding class material and advice on research career options.


Please send both forms and a reference contact to: (subject line: GAIN mentoring).

Application deadline for Spring mentoring support: Friday, February 25, 2022

Award notifications will be sent out by March 4, 2022 and mentoring will start the following week

2) Research Internship (summer) - application deadline: March 1, 2022 (extended to April 1, 2022)

Summer (June, July): Selected GAIN fellows will work on a research project in UCSC laboratories with mentors (postdoctoral or graduate student researchers) in June and July 2022.

Funding details (summer): GAIN fellows will receive a stipend of $2500/month (and benefits) and $2000 towards laboratory material.


Please send both forms, a CV, and a reference contact to: (subject line: GAIN application).

Projected application deadline for summer internships: March 1, 2022

Award notifications will be sent out on March 15, 2021

CSUMB students can receive academic credit for this internship by enrolling in an internship course through the College of Science.

Participants will have the opportunity to present their research at the UROC summer symposium.

The GAIN program does not discriminate in admissions or access to this program on the basis of race/color, ethnicity, national origin, religion/creed, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation or veteran’s status.

Contact: For further questions or to apply, please contact the IBSC ( or Professor Sreenivasan (