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Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) – Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP)

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The Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP), which was founded in 1992, attracts college and medical students from around the nation. The goal of this program is to inspire and develop students who are underrepresented in medicine (URM)* to consider academic medicine and research careers by immersing them in cutting-edge research opportunities.

Fifteen students, selected from a nationwide competition, join SRTP each summer. Students are assigned to specific Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) laboratories or clinical sites where they undertake original research projects under the mentorship of an MGH investigator. Investigation opportunities exist over a broad range of disciplines, including clinical, basic science, health policy and health services research. Assignments are carefully considered and are made with the student’s career interest in mind. In addition to the research experience, students will gain knowledge through weekly didactic seminars, both at the MGH and at Harvard Medical School, and have opportunities for clinical shadowing.

Deadline for applications is Monday, February 1, 2016.

Program terms

The Summer Research Trainee Program is a mandatory eight weeks in length, from June 13 to August 4, 2016. Students are paired with an MGH faculty preceptor who provides guidance and mentorship in a new or ongoing research project. Students are expected to:

  • Attend a full day orientation on Monday, June 13, 2016
  • Prepare an oral presentation of their work at the completion of the eight-week program
  • Prepare an abstract of the research project
  • Attend mandatory, weekly didactic seminars
  • Complete all program, hospital and occupational health requirements (e.g. vaccination)

Program support

SRTP provides the following support during the eight week period of the program:

  • Housing next to hospital on Beacon Hill ($3,000 value)
  • Living stipend of $4,000 for food and other necessities
  • Travel grants based on demonstrated need
  • Meals provided at all didactic sessions


The program is open to students underrepresented in medicine (URM)* who have completed at least three years of college and/or rising first and second year medical student in a college or medical school in the US and Puerto Rico.

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. No prior research experience is necessary.

*Underrepresented in medicine (URM) for the purpose of this program are those individuals belonging to a particular ethnic or racial group which has been considered by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to be underrepresented in biomedical research (relative to their numbers in the general population). These groups may include Latino/ Hispanic, African-American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaskan Natives, among others.

Application process

Please complete the 2016 SRTP application form by 5:00 pm on Monday, February 1, 2016 (no exceptions allowed). This includes indicating how all supporting documents will be submitted via email or to our mailing address (both listed below).

Important dates

  • Application Available: Monday, November 23, 2015
  • Application Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2016
  • Decisions Made (tentative): Friday, February 26, 2016
  • Program Starts: Monday, June 13, 2016
  • Program Ends: Thursday, August 4, 2016

A complete application must include

Part I.

2016 SRTP Online Application Form which includes uploading the following:

Personal statement

  • Describe in 750 words or less your educational and professional goals and how your participation in SRTP will assist in meeting your goals. Be sure to articulate your qualifications and reasons for wishing to participate in this program. Personal statements exceeding 750 words will disqualify your application.

Resume (which MUST include the following sections)

  • Education;
  • Honors and Awards (honor/award; institution/organization; date received);
  • Previous Work Research Experience (location; role; dates); and
  • Extracurricular Activities (name of activity, dates).

Note: if these sections are not included in your resume, your application will not be considered complete and thus not reviewed for the program.


  • Please upload a professional photo saved as a jpg. This file cannot be larger than 1MB. To ensure quality, please ensure a minimum of 300×300 DPI.

Part II.

Supporting documents, including:

  • Three letters of recommendation (emailed to us directly by authors as a signed pdf letter)
  • Official college, graduate, and/or medical school transcript(s)

All required supporting documents must be received by Monday, February 1, 2016.

It is your responsibility to ensure that they are received by this date in our office. Once we consider your application complete, you will receive a confirmation email from

Supporting documents must be emailed to:

Or mailed to:

Multicultural Affairs Office
Massachusetts General Hospital
Attn: 2015 Summer Research Trainee Program
55 Fruit Street, Bulfinch 123, Boston, MA 02114

Incomplete applications will not be considered for this program. Allow enough mailing time for the materials to arrive before the deadline. We will inform you of our selection decisions tentatively by Friday, February 26, 2016. The program starts on Monday, June 13, 2016 and ends on Thursday, August 4, 2016.

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