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Find out the answers to the questions you may have about becoming a genetic counselor with these Frequently Asked Questions by prospective students. 

The Student Corner is a resource for genetic counseling students and new graduates. Here you can find useful information as you work toward and begin your career as a genetic counselor:

Important Announcements:

2018 NSGC Student Annual Conference Scholarship

In an effort to increase cultural competency of the membership of the NSGC, the Membership Committee is providing two $500 scholarships to second-year genetic counseling students planning to attend the 2018 NSGC Annual Conference meeting in Atlanta, GA. All applicants must be enrolled and in good standing at an accredited genetic counseling training program in the fall of 2018, and be members of the NSGC or planning to join in 2019. Any second-year genetic counseling student interested in cultural competency issues may apply for this scholarship.

The application period is now open, and the application can be found here.

Decisions will be made in July. After verifying enrollment, the applicants will be notified. The official presentation of the awards will be made at the NSGC Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Applications are due on Friday, June 15, 2018, before midnight EDT. Please answer all three questions in 500 words or less.  No applications submitted after this date will be accepted. 

PROGRAM DIRECTORS must complete the Student Enrollment Verification form. A winner will be chosen and the recipients will be notified after verification of enrollment has been established. 

If you have any questions, please contact Carrie Wall at the NSGC Executive Office at You may also contact the leader of the scholarship working group of the Membership Committee: Chelsea Wagner via e-mail at

Congratulations to the Inaugural Winner of the Research SIG Grant Award:

The Research Special Interest Group Grant Award (RSGA) committee is pleased to announce the recipient of our inaugural grant award: Ms. Setareh Ashtiani. This is the first (of many!) annual awards to be given to Research SIG member genetic counselors or genetic counseling graduate students with a supervisor who is a member of the SIG.

Ms. Ashtiani's project is entitled: "Parents' experiences of receiving their child's genetic diagnosis: A qualitative study to inform clinical genetics practice". We look forward to the findings of Ms. Ashtiani's project and to benefiting from further insight into the experiences of parents receiving a genetic diagnosis. These findings will be of benefit to the broader genetic counseling community, so keep an eye out for the results in 2013! 

Did you recently graduate from your training program?

Congratulations! Contact NSGC today by phone at (312) 673-6834 or via email to have your account upgraded to New Genetic Counselor status (with all the benefits of a full membership!) for the remainder of the membership year. This offer is valid only for current NSGC members

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