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Harvard Medical School

Location: Harvard Medical School, 25 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115


The Harvard Faculty of Medicine conducts research in numerous locations around Boston. Six academic basic science departments are housed in and around the 1906 quadrangle that is the nucleus of Harvard Medical School. However, many of the faculty appointed to these departments are based at 17 affiliated institutions, including teaching hospitals. Here, 50 clinical departments conduct vast amounts of basic and clinical research. The Quad area also houses two social science departments and the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention, a joint venture with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a major HMO. PhD training programs are offered through the Division of Medical Sciences and information for potential applicants is available at Education & Admissions.



    Research Opportunities

    • AP Biology Hinton Scholars Program ( Research Opportunity )

      "The Advanced Placement (AP) Biology Hinton Scholars Program is an after-school program for students from selected schools and their teachers, and a professional development component involving a cohort of AP Biology teachers from all Boston Public Schools (BPS). Participants in each component of the program attend one session per month throughout the entire academic year at Harvard Medical School (HMS). In the two-part student program, students and their teachers engage in hands-on AP Biology laboratory experiences and an AP Biology test preparation component. In the professional development component, teachers participate in lectures and laboratory exercises facilitated by HMS faculty, staff and students, all of which are relevant to the AP Biology course curriculum."

    • Biomedical Science Careers Program ( Research Opportunity )

      "The Biomedical Science Careers Program, Inc. provides students of every race, ethnic background, gender and financial status with encouragement, support and guidance needed for the successful pursuit of biomedical science and other science-related careers."

    • Four Directions Summer Research Program ( Research Opportunity )

      "Our vision is simple… that a handful of talented individuals will leave Harvard Medical School with new skills, experiences, and knowledge that can be used to help themselves, their communities, and future generations of Native peoples from all of the Four Directions. The focus of activity during the summer is participation in a basic science research project. Additional program goals include: experience cutting edge research at a leading medical school, understand the medical school application process, exposure to Native American health care issues, integrate Native traditions including talking circles, and networking with Native American students and faculty."

    • Health Professions Recruitment & Exposure Program ( Research Opportunity )

      "The Health Professions Recruitment & Exposure Program (HPREP) at Harvard Medical School is a high school science enrichment program aimed at recruiting 9th, 10th and 11th grade high school students, particularly those from minority or underprivileged backgrounds, into careers in science and health professions."

    • Native American High School Summer Program ( Research Opportunity )

      "Accompanied by teachers and mentors from their own community, students from Hopi High School (Hopi, Arizona), the Fort Peck Tribes (Montana), the Wampanoag Tribes of Aquinnah and Mashpee (Massachusetts), and Native Hawaii travel to Harvard University for an an intensive three-week introduction to college life. The academic curriculum, developed by Harvard Medical School Faculty and Native educators, explores the biological, psychological, and social aspects of substance abuse and addiction. Students attend lectures given by Harvard Medical School faculty, community mentors, and guest speakers. They collaborate in small group conferences to understand assigned readings. And, they work through fictionalized case studies based in students’ home communities in Harvard Faculty lead tutorials. The case format links the biological, psychological, and social content with the students’ home realities."

    • Project Success ( Research Opportunity )

      "Project Success: Opening the Door to Biomedical Careers is a program for Boston and Cambridge high school students only, particularly underrepresented and/or disadvantage students, to participate in paid, mentored, summer research internships at Harvard Medical School and its affiliated institutions. The program is augmented by seminars and workshops given by faculty and administrators, site visits, and career counseling."

    • Project Success/College ( Research Opportunity )

      "Project Success/College is a "hands-on," paid, ten-week summer internship program for college students who have participated in Project Success/high school. Students are matched with basic science or clinical investigators in settings within Harvard Medical School and the medical community—basic science laboratories, teaching hospitals, community and biotechnology sites. Students are exposed to a variety of other educational opportunities, such as a summer discussion series; seminars with researchers and physicians; site visits to hospitals and biotechnology firms; and academic year seminars and special programs."

    • Reflection in Action: Building Healthy Communities ( Research Opportunity )

      "A forum for Boston and Cambridge 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that links improvement in individual and community health to engagement in civic action. The program enables students to realize that their good health, and the health of their families and communities, is important and realizable; and that their voice, creative expression and activism can have a positive impact on our collective health."

    • Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program ( Research Opportunity )

      "A ten-week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich the pipeline of college students' understanding of and interest in pursuing clinical and/or translational research, as well as to increase underrepresented minority and disadvantaged college student exposure to clinical/translational research."

    • Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program ( Research Opportunity )

      "SHURP is a ten-week summer research program primarily for college students belonging to groups that are under-represented in the sciences. The Program is offered for currently-enrolled undergraduates who are considering careers in biological or biomedical research sciences, who have already had at least one summer (or equivalent term-time) of experience in a research laboratory, and who have taken at least one upper-level biology course that includes molecular biology."

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