Friday, September 21, 2012

Harvard Summer Program

The  Church  Lab  (Department  of Genetics) at Harvard Medical  School  is  offering  paid,  10-week  summer undergraduate  research  internships  for  underrepresented  students  interested  in  research  careers  in genome  sciences.  Research  Interns  will  participate  in  a  variety  of  projects  with  the  Center  for  Causal Consequences  Variation  (CCV),  a  Center  for  Excellence  in  Genomic  Science  (CEGS),  focused  on  the development  of  cutting  edge  methods  for  genomics  that  hold  promise  for  significantly  advancing biological and medical research.  CCV is funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National  Institutes  of  Health,  and  funding  for  these  internships  is  through  the  Diversity  Action  Plan  (formerly Minority Action Plan) of the CCV.
The summer program provides unique opportunities to gain research experience in the following areas of genome science research:
•         Molecular Biology
•         Computational Biology
•         Genetics and Development
•         Cellular Biology
•         Bioinformatics
•         Biotechnology
•         Biophysics
•         High Throughput Sequencing
•         and other areas of bioengineering and the biological sciences
By participating in CCV summer internships, students will gain a broader knowledge of genomics and the biological  sciences,  and  experience  outstanding  scientific  research.  Research  Interns  will  have  the opportunity to:
•         Work closely with scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students
•         Work on a supervised independent project with a mentor
•         Attend lab meetings, analyze, and discuss recent literature related to their research
•         Attend seminars given by scientists and researchers from Harvard, MIT, the Broad Institute, and other research institutions
•         Present research to other students, scientists, and mentors
•         Participate in academic, social, and professional development programs

Duration:  10-week internships will begin in mid-June 2013 (exact date TBD).  All interns are expected to devote 40 hours per week.

Housing:  Undergraduate interns who are not residents of the metropolitan Boston area will receive assistance in securing housing in the vicinity of the Medical School.    

Stipend:  $4,000

Eligibility: Undergraduate applicants must be enrolled in a four-year degree granting college or university. Students who have an academic record of marked distinction and who have an interest in research careers in the biological and genomic sciences are encouraged to apply.   Students who have finished their sophomore or junior years, and seniors who have not yet earned the bachelor’s degree are eligible for the summer program. 
Please note that students must be either U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents (green card holder) from an underrepresented minority group.  (Click here for NIH guidelines on which minority groups are considered underrepresented in the biological and biomedical sciences.)

Application Requirements: Application form (PDF, MS Word), official college transcript, research statement, and two letters of recommendation from professors or other college/university instructors of related science courses in which the applicant has been enrolled.  Application information can be located on this website:

Deadline:  For full consideration, applicants should submit their complete applications, including letters of reference, by Friday, March 15, 2013.  All application materials after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Contact: Please email your application and supporting documents to Alex Hernandez-Siegel
( of the Church Lab at Harvard Medical School.  Any items that must be sent by regular mail can also be forwarded to the following address:

Alexander B. Hernandez-Siegel
Manager of Student and Diversity Programs for Genomics Training
Harvard Medical School
New Research Building, Room 238, George Church Lab
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115