In 2004, Harvard University announced the establishment of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, a collaboration of world-class scientists from the university and its affiliated hospitals dedicated to advancing stem cell science and building a foundation for the future of regenerative medicine. HSCI is a networked organization that was formed to bridge the gap between academic research and real-life medical applications, to truly go from “bench to bedside.”
The Harvard community is one of the largest concentrations of biomedical researchers in the world. HSCI has united over 70 stem cell experts among its principal faculty alone, making it many times larger than any other major stem cell research institution in the world. This depth and breadth of expertise in a geographically constrained area enables people to collaborate closely. This has allowed HSCI as a group to achieve results such as creating more ESC and iPS cell lines and publishing more papers in the leading journals than any other entity. Even more unique among such institutions, HSCI includes affiliates from professional schools in public health, business, law, and public policy.
"The goal of the HSCI Internship Program (HIP) is to provide undergraduate students with a focused and challenging summer research experience in a cutting-edge stem cell science laboratory, and to expose them to different professional options within the scientific arena. This is accomplished through a stem cell seminar series, a career pathways presentation, and a weekly stem cell companion course. Interns will present their summer research findings, both orally and in poster format, at the HIP Symposium - a requirement of all program participants."