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Massachusetts General Hospital – Summer Research Trainee Program

Deadline: January 17, 2020

The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) founded the Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) in 1992 to inspire URM students to consider careers in academic medicine and biomedical research. Since SRTP was founded, more than 350 students have participated in the program. As a result of our commitment to mentorship and career development, SRTP received the 2017 HMS Award for Program Excellence in Mentoring. From June to August 2017, 20 college and medical school students came to Mass General to conduct novel research with MGH faculty preceptors in basic science labs, clinical research sites, health policy, and health services settings in 13 departments. Assignments were carefully considered and made with each student’s research and career interests in mind. Students were exposed to group mentorship, career workshops, research seminars, and networking and social events with the CDI community. The program culminated with presentations to the MGH research community, where students received feedback and evaluations from a panel of research faculty. Each year, several students continue working in their SRTP research sites beyond the summer and publish their work. Participants have stated that the program added tangible value to their subsequent training and career decision making, including a marked impact on their decision to pursue careers in an academic medical setting.

SRTP is a mandatory eight-week program, running from June 15th to August 8th. 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 the first date of the program.
  • Prepare an abstract of the research project
  • Prepare an oral presentation of their work at the end of the program
  • Attend mandatory weekly didactic seminars and career mentoring sessions
  • Complete all program, hospital and occupational health requirements (e.g., vaccination)

Once accepted, SRTP provides financial support and mentorship during the eight-week program, like:

  • Housing near Harvard Medical School (no cost to the student)
  • $5,000 living stipend for food and other necessities
  • Travel grants based on demonstrated need (FAFSA required)
  • Meals provided at all didactic sessions

For more information, please visit the SRTP website: www.mghsrtp.org