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Summer Research: Biomedical Sciences

  • There are several programs who cater to students who are interested in exploring the possibility of a dual MD-PhD degree. Click here for a list.
  • The Health Professions Advisory Group at Tufts University maintains a site of summer opportunities for students interested in the medical sciences. Click here to access the list.
  • National Institutes of Health has a summer research program. The Summer Internship Program (SIP) at the NIH provides an opportunity to spend the summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Deadline is 1 March, but admissions are rolling, so apply early. 
  • The University of Alabama-Birmingham has a Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) program for students interested in the biomedical sciences. Students spend the summer carrying out an independent research project and also receive information about applying to graduate and/or medical school. Deadline is 15 February.

  • The University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine has a summer research program for students interested in pursuing a dual MD/PhD degree. The program explores the role of the physician-scientist. Students carry out "bench to bedside" research projects. The program runs from early June until the end of July. Students receive a stipend, housing and travel allowance. Application deadline is early February.
  • The University of Kansas Medical Center has research internships available in pharmacology and toxicology.
  • The University of Massachusetts Medical School has summer research fellowships funded by the NIH.  The program runs from late May to early August. Deadline is early March.
  • The New England Primate Center at Harvard University has summer fellowships for students interested in biomedical research. Deadline is February 12.
  • The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, has a summer program for students interested in biomedical research. 
  • Washington University in St Louis has a summer program for students interested in biological and biomedical research. Deadline to apply is 1 February.
  • The University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY, has a summer program for students interested in biomedical sciences. 
  • The Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Institute has a summer research program for students interested in the biochemical sciences.  Students receive a $4000 stipend and free housing in New York City. The program is 10-weeks in duration and begins in early June. Click here to apply on-line.

  • The University of Cincinnati's Medical School has summer enrichment programs, including an 8-week summer research program. Deadline is March 1.
  • The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has a computational biology summer REU program through the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.
  • The Medical College at the University of South Carolina has summer internships in physiology and neuroscience. 
  • The Pediatric Oncology Education program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is funded by the National Institutes of Health / National Cancer Institute. The POE program offers a unique opportunity for students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, or public health to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. The POE program provides a short-term training experience (internship) in either laboratory research or clinical research. A primary goal of the program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research, either as a laboratory-based scientist or a physician scientist. Applications open in September; deadline is 1 February.
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