Student Research

MS in Genetic Counseling students complete coursework to improve familiarity with the research process, understand the roles of genetic counselors in the research process, and identify and describe the growing body of research about the practice and profession of genetic counseling.

Additionally, each student undertakes an independent research study consistent with their interests, called a Scholarly Project. Projects are identified in Year 1 and students conduct their research throughout the duration of their time in the program. Scholarly Projects are each supported by multiple experienced researchers from across Columbia University and students engage regularly with their mentors. Submission of research results appropriate for publication to a peer-reviewed journal and/or national academic meeting is strongly encouraged for each student. 

Quick Facts

  • 97% of alums have presented their graduate research at one or more national genetics meetings
  • 50% of alums have published their graduate research in peer-reviewed journals to date
  • 27% of our students have received competitive national grants to support their graduate research, including multiple winners of the JEMF Student Research Award 

Learn more about our student projects: