The Harvard Summer Research Program in Kidney Medicine will offer a robust and varied introduction to the world of nephrology for the undergraduate college student who is considering a career in science or medicine. The Program will primarily be a research-based experience but will include a core curriculum that addresses the basic science and clinical fundamentals and challenges in the field. The Program will span the nephrology divisions of four Harvard-affiliated hospitals – Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Boston’s Children’s Hospital (BCH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).
The program welcomes applicants from undergraduate college students that meet the following criteria at the time of application:
• Currently enrolled in a undergraduate degree granting program
• Currently a US citizen or permanent resident (international students are not eligible)
• Must agree to complete full 8 weeks
The program provides eight weeks of experience and participation in kidney research. Students participating in the program will conduct research under the direction of a primary investigator. Research assignments will be made based upon availability of research opportunities and according to the mutual interests of the faculty sponsors and student participants.
Participants will have the opportunity to interact not only with the faculty member directing the research, but also with the graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows working at the site. Frequent meetings with other program participants along with one or more of the faculty sponsors will be scheduled as well as weekly seminars, workshops, and lectures. At the end of the eight week period, program students will have the opportunity to present their work to their peers and faculty at a poster session. Students will be flown to Nashville, TN for final presentation at a National symposium.
Students will receive a $1000 stipend, which they are free to use towards personal use. Campus styled housing will be provided near the Longwood Medical in Boston area for the benefit of the students at no cost to the students. Meals may be prepared in the campus dorm by the student or purchased at the campus dining cafeteria, the hospital or site cafeterias and surrounding community. Participants will be invited to attend special social events and ice breaking events beginning May 31st on the day of on campus arrival and throughout the summer.