Who can attend CGSI?
Graduate students, recent PhDs, and faculty who are involved in computational genomics research.

Can I switch the part of the program I applied/was accepted for?
If you would like to change the part of the program you applied/were accepted for, please email

What do the CGSI registration fees cover?
Registration fees cover breakfast, coffee breaks, and any afternoon and evening social events that are included in the program. Lunch is not covered.

Can I be sent a receipt for my payment?
You will receive a receipt by email when you pay your registration and housing fees. If you need something different, please email

When can I apply/register for next year’s CGSI?
The application for next year’s CGSI will open in December of this year, with registration opening in January.

If I have to cancel, will my fees be refunded?
We understand that plans can change unexpectedly for good reason. We will refund your registration fee and housing payment if you cancel by May 31. After that, we will only consider cancellations on a case-by-case basis. Please contact


Do I need a visa to attend CGSI?
If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident, yes. Students from some countries can enter the country through the Visa Waiver Program.

Which visa do I need to attend CGSI?
Due to the frequently changing requirements, CGSI cannot give visa-related advice regarding any specific individual. If you have any questions regarding which visa you will need, please consult the U.S. Department of State website or an immigration lawyer. CGSI is similar in spirit to other international conferences, such as RECOMB, ISMB, etc. It is not a course or a study abroad program. If you need an invitation letter to request a visa, please email


What are the faculty housing options offered by CGSI?
Please refer to your detailed offer letter for this information. If you need your letter re-sent to you, please email

What are the student housing options offered by CGSI?

  • For students attending the long program (July 15 – August 8), we offer accommodations in a fraternity house. See costs here.
  • For students attending the first short program (July 20-24), we offer accommodations in a UCLA residence hall as well as in the fraternity house. See costs here.
  • For students attending the second short program (August 3-7), we do not offer accommodations. See below for some alternative housing options.

Can I room with a friend who is also attending CGSI?
If you have signed up for a double-occupancy room and would like to stay with a friend who is attending CGSI on the same dates, please email

Is housing offered for before or after CGSI?
We only provide housing during CGSI.

The long program housing begins on Wednesday, July 15 and ends on Saturday, August 8. If participants arrive in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 14, they are responsible for making arrangements for accommodations for that night. Similarly, if participants wish to stay in Los Angeles after Saturday, August 8, they are responsible for making arrangements for accommodations after CGSI.

Housing for participants of the first short program begins on Sunday, July 19 and ends on Saturday, July 25. However, for the first short program, we may be able to accommodate a few requests to check in a day early or stay an extra day. Please email if you have a special request.

Note that we do not offer housing for those only attending the second short program (August 3-7). Feel free to take a look at the other options for housing below if needed.

What are some alternate options for housing?

Westwood Hall

PodShare Westwood



Hilgard House Hotel

Hotel Palomar

Palihotel Westwood Village

Royal Palace Westwood

UCLA Guest House

UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center

UCLA Tiverton House

Can I bring guests if I am staying in the dormitory or fraternity house?
Please email if you want to bring a guest and we will let you know if it is possible.

Can I bring guests to the social events?
You may bring your spouse/partner or child(ren) to most events. If you would like to bring your spouse/partner or child(ren) to an event for which an RSVP is required, please let us know in advance by email at

Where should I park? Do I need to pay for parking?
Students who are staying in Los Angeles and plan to drive to campus will have to pay for parking. The best option is Parking Structure 8 at 555 Westwood Plaza. All-day visitor parking is $13.00. Faculty who need parking may email for instructions.


When will the CGSI 2020 schedule be announced?
The full schedule will be posted in June of this year. During the retreat and short programs, you can expect full days, plus evening activities. For an example, please see the schedule from last year.

What is the agenda for the middle week of the long program?
The middle week of the long program is a lighter week where there will be fewer talks. You will be able to focus on your own research and network with the other participants. For an example, please see the schedule from last year.

What time does the bus leave for the Big Bear Lake retreat?
The bus will leave at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from in front of the Engineering 6 building (404 Westwood Plaza in Los Angeles, CA 90095). 

We will leave Big Bear Lake at 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 18, 2020 and return to UCLA.The bus will also make a stop at the fraternity house at 613 Gayley Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024.


Can I be sent a letter of certification for completing CGSI?
A letter of certification can be sent to you upon completion of either one of the short programs or the long program. Please email to request it, and allow a few days for a response.

How do I tag CGSI on social media?

Twitter: @ucla_cgsi

Hashtag: #uclacgsi