Resources for Students Interested in Genetics and Genetic Counseling

The Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program offers information about the genetic counseling profession, tips on how to pursue a career in genetic counseling, and shadowing opportunities. In July 2020, we held our first Genetic Counselor for a Day event.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19, we are currently unable to provide shadowing opportunities. Please check back with us in the future.

National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)

This part of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) website provides information about the genetic counseling profession and pursuing a career in genetic counseling. It has information about training programs in genetic counseling and provides links to websites for individual training programs. There are also several sections of advice from program directors on applying to training programs.

Australian Centre for Genetics Education

This site for the Australian Centre for Genetics Education contains numerous fact sheets on a variety of topics in general human genetics, genetic technology, and clinical genetics. Available topics include genes and chromosomes, genetic counseling, genes and cancer, hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, hereditary colon cancer, forensics, gene therapy, and cloning. The fact sheets are very detailed but easy to understand due to the use of simple language and plenty of pictures.

Genetic Science Learning Center

The Genetic Science Learning Center is an excellent resource that provides innovative and effective genetic science learning programs for teachers, students and the public. This site should not be missed by anyone with an interest in better understanding the field of genetics.

Genetics Education Center

This is the Genetics Education Center website of the University of Kansas Medical Center and it is an amazing resource for educators and individuals interested in learning more about genetics. It provides access to hundreds of resources including books, videos, lesson plans, activities, and glossaries on a variety of subjects related to basic genetics, genetic diseases, and the Human Genome Project.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

The “Guide to Understanding Genetic Conditions” is produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. It currently contains information about over 200 genetic conditions with plans to continually expand the list of conditions. It also includes a glossary of genetic terms, an introduction to basic genetics, and resources for more information on a variety of topics for patients and families, educators, and individuals interested in genetics.

Dolan DNA Learning Center

Fascinating animated multimedia exhibits captivate viewers as they are guided through segments on the basics of heredity, genetic disorders, eugenics, DNA sequencing, and cancer and plant genetics. Hosted by the Dolan DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, this site is dedicated to informing students, teachers, and families about the concepts of genetics. The Learning Center also offers public workshops, exhibitions, presentations, field trips, summer day camps, and teacher training.