Frequently Asked Questions

Is GAP a Registered Student Organization (RSO) at UConn?

No. The GAP is an educational outreach training program for UConn students, faculty/staff, and alumni.

Who can join?

If you have a UConn connection - you can join the GAP! Anyone can get involved from undergrads and graduate students to faculty and alumni. Involvement is not limited to the Storrs campus, either. Many of our events are virtual or have a virtual component, supporting accessible volunteerism for huskies at UCHC, and Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford, and Waterbury campuses.

Can I list my involvement in the GAP on my resume/CV?

Yes! GAP alumni cite their involvement as being a highlighted feature on their resume/CVs when applying to new job opportunities or graduate school. Involved members are encouraged to list their volunteerism on LinkedIn as well, and to get connected with the greater Genome Ambassador network.

How do educators request an event?

Educators should request an event with the Genome Ambassadors by completing the Event Request Form favorably 2 months in advance of the proposed event date.

Where is the GAP located?

The GAP has no designated address; however, most in-person events occur within the Engineering and Science Building on the Storrs campus, home to the Institute for Systems Genomics.

To send us mail, please use the ISG mailing address:

Institute for Systems Genomics
Engineering Science Building Rm. 305
67 North Eagleville Road
Storrs, CT 06269-3003

Can UConn alumni get involved?

Yes! Alumni can absolutely get involved with the GAP. Alumni bring academic experience, career expertise, and mentorship to our membership, and are valued members.

What types of projects do volunteers typically work on?

Members are asked to volunteer for a variety of projects, including but not limited to:

  • Hosting UConn faculty and staff for career and research seminars
  • Creating social media posts to raise awareness of hot topics in genetics, national days of celebration, and feature UConn faculty research
  • Teaching middle and high school students about genetics by engaging in lab and classroom activities
  • Presenting to middle and high school students about genetics career exploration
  • Guiding huskies and members of the public on ISG next-generation sequencing lab tours
  • Connecting with the CT genetics community by attending seminars, workshops, conferences, and networking events

I’d like to get involved. How do I start?

To get involved, the first step is to submit a completed membership application by following the directions on the home page at "Join Us".

I have a busy schedule – what is the time commitment?

There is no specific time commitment. The only requirement is to complete at least one project or participate in one event per semester. The GAP Leadership Team is happy to work with you to identify a volunteering schedule that best suits your availability and individual interests.

I would like to get involved as a UConn faculty or staff member. How do I start?

Faculty and staff do not have to complete the formal application listed on the home page. Instead, please contact Drs. Rachel O'Neill and/or Judy Brown directly via email to communicate your interest.

Does the GAP have faculty advisors?

The GAP does not have formal faculty advisors. Program leadership collaborates with a team of faculty and staff members who volunteer their time to support the logistical aspects of GAP programming.

Is the GAP funded or sponsored?

No. The GAP does not receive funding or sponsorship at this time.

If you would like to make a donation to support our efforts, please contact Dr. Rachel O'Neill directly at