Generating, Analyzing, and Understanding Sensory and Sequencing Information

  • 2018-2019 GAUSSI fellowships awarded! Aeriel Belk, Alyssa Melvin, Dayton Pierce, Julius Stuart, Luke Schwerdtfeger, Lyndsey Gray, Michael May, Sere Williams, & Steven Lakin.
  • Reyes Murrieta awarded NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Fellowship 
  • Bridget Eklund & Adam Heck awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
  • Aeriel Belk & Heather Deel awarded NIJ Graduate Research Fellowships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

GAUSSI Fellowship Application.

The application deadline for the 2019-2020 GAUSSI fellowship is March 10, 2019 at midnight (mst). All required materials were required by the deadline for full consideration. Required materials, in addition to the online application, include: a letter of support from your faculty advisor(s); your personal statement; 2 letters of recommendations from individuals who do not serve as your adviser(s); unofficial transcripts of your undergraduate degree(s) and graduate studies; and unofficial GRE score results. Click here to apply.

Each year GAUSSI selects up to eight NSF- supported GAUSSI (Generating, Analyzing, and Understanding Sensory and Sequencing Information) one-year fellowships that begin in the summer semester prior to the academic year. GAUSSI fellowships provide a stipend of $32,000 and tuition (fees are the responsibility of the student) for full-time graduate students at CSU who have an interest in developing their skills in analyzing large biological datasets. GAUSSI is seeking trainees who have a strong interest in collaborating with other CSU students and faculty to implement interdisciplinary work into their research plans.

The program provides basic training in molecular biology, biosensors, programming, math, and statistics. The goal of the program is for students from different backgrounds to join together for advanced training in experimental and computational aspects of biosensing and next-generation sequencing during their graduate studies. In addition, professional development activities and opportunities for outreach through interaction with K-12 students are also integral components of the program. Selected fellows are required to fully participate in GAUSSI program initiatives. For more information on the responsibilities of a GAUSSI fellow, click here.

GAUSSI Fellowship Highlights:

  • A stipend of $32,000 for one year plus tuition
  • Fellowships are available for students enrolled in MS and PhD programs at CSU whose research is aligned with the theme of the program.

Application Information:

Eligibility is restricted to US Citizens and Permanent Residents whose research is relevant to the theme of the program. This application form is designed for students currently enrolled at CSU; incoming students can be nominated by a CSU faculty member. The preferred entry point into the program is after the second semester (i.e. the summer of the first year); incoming students and more advanced students may also be considered. Women and under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.


Individuals not selected for a fellowship this year are encouraged to participate in the program. Please email Kate Sherrill to request to be added to the GAUSSI listserv or if you have additional questions.