Summer Programs

Find a summer program in the U.S. or abroad.

Research in the United States

 

Harvard BioDesign is a research program targeted toward undergraduates interested in synthetic biology and biomolecular engineering. In this student-centric experience, a team of undergraduates will decide on a research direction that interests them under the guidance of a mentoring staff that includes a Harvard faculty member and several graduate students/postdocs. Team members are recruited in the Spring semester, when they design their own research project under the guidance of a team of faculty/post-doctoral/graduate student mentors. The team spends the summer performing experiments in the laboratory in order to realize their vision, and finally presents their findings at either the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines) or the bioMOD (International Bio-Molecular Design) competition in the Fall semester. 

The program represents a unique opportunity to design biological systems at the molecular and organismal scale, and engineer them to perform specific tasks. Both competitions provide a forum whereby students can meet other like-minded researchers from Harvard and across the globe, and survey the most innovative and exciting ideas in the fields of synthetic biology and biomolecular engineering. 

Deadline
: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.
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Genome to Biome program- Summer internship 2014 in China

The Genome to Biome (G2B) program, created in 2010, includes a G2B summer internship component in Shanghai, China and two other components, Freshman seminar 25o (fall term) and LS100r (offered both fall and spring terms).  Participation in one of the components DOES NOT require participation in either of the other two components. 

Read the detailed description of the summer program at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China.

Selected Harvard students will receive a stipend of $4500.  Students are required to cover both the cost of travel to and from China and living expenses during the 8-week program (including on-campus housing, food, and expenses associated with cultural activities).

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for an OCS Grant for Harvard-Run Summer International Programs (HRP) due on February 12, 2014.

Number of internships: 6-8

Application deadline: January 30, 2014

Deadline for OCS Summer Funding: February 12, 2014

Selection process: Interview of pre-selected students based on a short written essay Application (pre-selection): Send to Dr. Alain Viel (aviel@fas.harvard.edu): a resume and a short written essay including your motivations, your scientific background, the type of research that interest you the most and your other possible plans for the summer.

Students selected for the program will be notified on February 7, 2014. 

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Evo-Devo-Eco Network (EDEN) Summer Internship

Please note the upcoming deadline for UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER research exchange grants from the Evo-Devo-Eco Network (EDEN) is March 11, 2014. EDEN is a program funded by the National Science Foundation of the USA. The goal of this program is to train undergraduates in the field of Evo-Devo-Eco, with an emphasis on emerging model systems.

Eligible students should be undergraduates of any nationality at any college or university, including liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and universities, both within and outside of the U.S.. Eligible host labs should be conducting research using new and emerging model organism and must be at a U.S.-based institution. If the proposed host lab is working on a well-established model organism, your application must explain how the techniques or skills that you learn in the host lab will be applied to work on new or emerging model organisms at your home institution.

Students may apply to work in a lab that is at their home institution, as long as the proposed research involves new and emerging model organisms. However, in cases where all other aspects of applications are considered to be equally competitive, preference will be given to applicants who propose to travel to a lab that is not at their home institution.

Please visit http://edenrcn.com/funding/ugrad_internships.html for complete program details.

For examples of previous undergraduate projects supported by EDEN, please visit http://edenrcn.com/ree/undergrad.html.

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Environmental Health Summer Fellowships at The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Applicants are expected to have completed three years of chemistry and biology coursework before the fellowship commences.

Deadline: January 17, 2014.

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Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP) is an intensive ten-week research experience for rising seniors. Students conduct research at National Institutes of Health (NIH) laboratories in Bethesda, Maryland.

STARS - Summer Training in Academic Reseach Training and Scholarship - STARS provides underrepresented minority (URM) medical and undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in exciting basic, clinical and translational research projects during the summer at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS). Housing and stipend provided.

Deadline: January 27, 2014.

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Research Program for Undergraduates in Biotechnology at Columbia University - The Columbia University IGERT on Optical Techniques for Actuation, Sensing, and Imaging of Biological Systems (BioIGERT), a National Science Foundation IGERT program, will support outstanding undergraduates as Summer Research Fellows for the period from May 29 through August 6, 2011. This program provides a $4000 stipend for each successful candidate and free campus housing (worth $2700) in which you are expected to reside. Those selected will have an opportunity to participate fully in the interdisciplinary research activities of the BioIGERT faculty across the Departments of Physics, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, and includes collaborative research with industry including IBM Yorktown Heights. This is the best summer job you’ll ever have, apply now.

Application Deadline: TBD for 2014; in 2013 was February 14, 2013 
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Janelia Undergraduate Scholars - Summer program for 10 weeks to give undergraduates an opportunity to do research at the HHMI Janelia Farm research facility.

Program Dates: The program runs from June to August 2013.  Housing and $4500 stipend provided.

Deadline: 2 PM EST January 15, 2014

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Quantitative and Physical Science (QP-SURF) - An intensive summer research training experience at the University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences which leads to an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of basic answers to current questions at the interface of quantitative science and basic biomedical research.  $4000 stipend, housing costs are covered by the program.

Deadline: February 9, 2014

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Southwestern Medical Center Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) - The goal of SURF is to give students an intensive, 10-week research experience. Students are given individual research projects with University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School faculty members. The research areas include cancer biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, and pharmacology. In addition to research, SURF provides seminars, a GRE prep course, social events, and an end-of-program poster session. 50 fellowships are available. The school is located in Dallas, Texas. A $4000 stipend is provided, housing costs will be covered by the program.

Deadline: February 9, 2014

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RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering – Germany provides undergraduates with an opportunity to work in Germany on projects in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, and Physics. Participants receive a stipend and housing assistance.

Deadline:  January 31, 2014

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The Pasteur Foundation Undergraduate Summer Internships – Paris, France.

Deadline: December 13, 2013

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Cold Spring Harbor Undergraduate Research Program (URP) - June 4 – August 10, 2013 at Cold Spring Harbor. Room, board and $5000 stipend for sophomore or junior.

Deadline: January 15, 2014

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Research Program for Undergraduates at the Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics The Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics is offering an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program this summer. The Center seeks qualified undergraduates for 2014 REU fellowships. Stipends are $4,000 for ten-week projects. They will be awarded on a competitive basis based on academic excellence, motivation, scientific potential, compatibility of personal interests, and long-term career goals aligned with research programs of the Conte Center. Applicants with computational science backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. All participants must be U.S. citizens (or permanent residents) and be enrolled in (but not yet graduated from) an accredited undergraduate college degree program with a concentration in a biological science field. Please post and/or share the attached announcement and application. If selected, students will be matched with a research mentor. During the program participants will be invited to lab meetings and seminars. In addition, they will have access to libraries, athletic facilities, and University-sponsored events. At the conclusion of the summer projects, students will produce a summary report and present their findings at an REU Symposium in the Gordon Center for Integrative Science at the University of Chicago.

Send all application materials to Barry Aprison, Ph.D. at baprison@bsd.uchicago.edu or mail to:

Barry Aprison, Ph.D. Education and Outreach Director
IGSB Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery, Rm. 10-114 
The University of Chicago 
900 E. 57th Street 
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Deadline: February 10, 2014

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Chicago Center for Systems Biology REU The Chicago Center for Systems Biology organizes a summer research experience for undergraduates. Students who participate in this 10-week program receive a $4000 stipend. To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Deadline: February 10, 2014

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Marine Biology Laboratory Summer Undergraduate Research - June 17 to August 23, 2013. The MBL, located in Woods Hole, MA, seeks ten highly motivated rising sophomore and junior students, who are interested in pursuing careers in the life sciences, to participate in this National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate (NSF REU) program.

Deadline: TBD for 2014; in 2013 the deadline was March 15.

NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research - Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.  Applications are accepted starting mid-November.

Deadline:  March 1, 2014.

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Amgen Scholars Program for Summer Research - The Amgen Corporation provides funding for the Amgen Scholars Program. These funds provide stipends plus board to qualified undergraduates to conduct research in laboratories at 10 major research universities across the United States. Research areas depend upon the host institution but include topics in biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine, bioinformatics, and statistics. Students in at all Amgen Scholars sites travel to California in July to attend a research symposium with presentations by scientists in academia and industry. This symposium also gives students the opportunity to network with Amgen Scholars at other universities with Amgen Scholars programs.

Deadline: February 3, 2014 except for a February 14 deadline for the program run by the California Institute of Technology

Read this flyer for more information.

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The Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan offers a summer undergraduate research program. Read the flyer for more information.

Deadline: February 15, 2014

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Summer Research Program in Biophysics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers summer research opportunities to undergraduate minority students, disadvantaged students and students with disabilities to the field of biophysics. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Priority Deadline: February 15, 2014.

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Research Abroad

Office of International Education - See the OIE website for current information on international educational opportunities, including Harvard and non-Harvard summer opportunities. The OIE Office has drop-in hours M-F from 2-4 pm.

Office of Career Services - The Office of Career Services (OCS) website has a Summer Funding section and organizes informational events and programs on summer opportunities and the funding application process.

Deadline: Thursday, January 30, 2014: Harvard Summer School (HSS) Study Abroad Funding Applications

Deadline: Wednesday, February 12, 2014: All Non-HSS International Funding Applications 

Harvard Summer School Study Abroad in the Sciences

In 2014 Harvard Summer School Science Study Abroad programs will be offered in the Dominican Republic, England, Italy and Japan. See below for links to information on each of these programs.

Deadline: Most Harvard Summer School Study Abroad programs: January 30, 2014.

Darwin and the Origins of Evolutionary Biology - Oxford, England.

Prerequisites: None. Apply through Harvard Summer School.

2014 Dates: July 12 to August 23.

Information: Andrew Berry

RIKEN Center for Allergy and Immunology - Yokohama, Japan.

Laboratory research in immunology. Students will also receive some Japanese language training. Apply through Harvard Summer School.

Accepted students may apply to the Reischauser Institute for scholarships to help defray the costs of the program.

2014 Dates: June 2 to August 11. 

RIKEN Brain Science Institute – Laboratory Research in Neurobiology, Tokyo, Japan.

Prerequisites: Neurobiology of Behavior (MCB 80) or Animal Behavior (OEB 50); laboratory experience preferred but not required. Apply through Harvard Summer School.

Accepted students may apply to the Reischauser Institute for scholarships to help defray the costs of the program.

2014 Dates: June 2 to August 11. 

Biodiversity of Hispaniola - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  This six-week course covers basic prinicples of ecology, evolution, and island biogeography in the context of the diversity of habitats and organisms on the island of Hispaniola.

2014 Dates: June 23 to August 1.

Prerequisites: course work in biology

Information: Brian Farrell 

Cognitive Neurosciences at the University of Trento - Trento, Italy.

This eight-week program at the University of Trento, Italy, organized by the Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative, provides students a unique opportunity to study the mind/brain. Taught by leaders in the fields of neuroscience and cognitive science, the program includes daily, hands-on, laboratory sessions (e.g., neuroimaging demos) and Italian language classes, all while surrounded by the breathtaking Italian Alps.

2014 Dates: June 7-Aug 2.

Information: Alfonso Caramazza

Harvard Bangalore Science Initiative Bangalore, India. Undergraduates in the life sciences, physical sciences and applied math are encouraged to apply. Students work at one of three research institutes of excellence: 

Note:  This is not a Harvard Summer School Program. 

Prerequisites: Introductory coursework in basic biology, chemistry, physics, and math.

Deadline: April 15, 2014

Information: Venkatesh N. Murthy or  Ryan Draft

Genome to Biome program- Summer internship 2014 in China

The Genome to Biome (G2B) program, created in 2010, includes a G2B summer internship component in Shanghai, China and two other components, Freshman seminar 25o (fall term) and LS100r (offered both fall and spring terms).  Participation in one of the components DOES NOT require participation in either of the other two components. 

For a detailed description of the summer program at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China click here.

Selected Harvard students will receive a stipend of $4500.  Students are required to cover both the cost of travel to and from China and living expenses during the 8-week program (including on-campus housing, food, and expenses associated with cultural activities).
Students are strongly encouraged to apply for an OCS Grant for Harvard-Run Summer International Programs (HRP) due on February 12, 2014.

Number of internships: 6-8

Application deadline: January 30, 2014

Deadline for OCS Summer Funding: February 12, 2014

Selection process: Interview of pre-selected students based on a short written essay Application (pre-selection): Send to Dr. Alain Viel (aviel@fas.harvard.edu): a resume and a short written essay including your motivations, your scientific background, the type of research that interest you the most and your other possible plans for the summer.

Students selected for the program will be notified on February 7, 2014.

Summer Abroad in Portugal at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown

This is an independent internship of 8-10 weeks at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon Portugal. It is intended for students interested in Neurobiology research. The program consists of 1 week of coursework and 7-9 weeks of research. Housing is provided by the host institution.

Note:  This is not a Harvard Summer School Program. 

Prerequisites: None

Deadline: April 15, 2014

Information:  Ryan Draft

The Pasteur Foundation Undergraduate Summer Internships, Paris France.

Summer research fellowships to work at the Institute Pasteur in Paris.

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Deadline: December 13, 2013

Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) in Germany - Sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).  Rolling online application opens December 6, 2013.

Deadline: January 31, 2014

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Exceptional Research Opportunities Program - The HHMI offers an Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP) for undergraduates from groups underrepresented in the sciences and from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students must be nominated by an HHMI professor, a director of an HHMI-funded undergraduate program or faculty at an institution currently active in the Science Education Alliance (SEA).

Faculty Nomination Deadline: November 15, 2013.

Student Application Deadline: December 2, 2013.

RWTH Aachen University UROP, Aachen, Germany -

The program UROP International is designed for highly qualified US and Canadian undergraduates  to conduct an independent research project at one of the RWTH institutes, with mentoring by excellent scientific staff from the host university. Further program elements include an intensive German language training, intercultural seminars, workshops introducing the broader field of research and various leisure activities. Fellowships available.

Contact information: skwara@rwthaachenuniversity.us

Deadline: January 31

Summer Research Program in Life Sciences and Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland

In this 8 week program, students are matched with a lab whose research intersects the student's interests and background. The program culminates with a student research symposium. Participating labs are from the Brain-Mind Institute, the Institute of Bioengineering, the Global Health Institute, and the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research. 

Deadline: January 31, 2014

International Undergraduate Summer SchoolThe John Innes CentreThe Sainsbury Laboratory and The Genome Analysis Centre provide students from both the United Kingdom and other countries an opportunity to conduct summer research in plant, microbial and computational biology.

Deadline: January 12, 2014

Organization for Tropical Studies - Duke University Field Course Travel to Costa Rica or South Africa. Both semester and summer options available. Summer program in Costa Rica focuses on evolutionary ecology of plants and animals in tropical ecosystems, while that in South Africa concentrates on global health issues in South Africa.  Rolling admissions. Applications available in mid-autumn for the upcoming summer. Early application is strongly encouraged

DeadlineMarch 1, 2014 for summer 2014.

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