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SUMMER RESEARCH TRAINEE PROGRAM (SRTP)

This program's goal is to build a pipeline of URM college and medical school students interested in academic biomedical research careers.

The Summer Research Trainee Program is a mandatory eight weeks in length. Students will 2014 SRTP Student PROfileClick here for 2014 students profilebe paired with a preceptor who will work closely with them, providing guidance and instruction in techniques necessary to address current problems in science and medicine. The student will participate in a new or ongoing project and assume increasing independence during the course of the program. Students will be expected to:

  • Prepare an oral presentation of their work at the completion of the eight-week program.
  • Prepare an abstract of the research project.
  • Attend the weekly didactic seminars (mandatory), as well as an introductory course in clinical/physiological research that surveys the theoretical, practical and applied aspects of clinical investigation.

A living stipend of $ 4,000.00 for food and other necessities is provided along with housing costs (lodging arrangements provided near the hospital).

 IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Application will be Available: Friday, December 4, 2014
  • Application Deadline: Friday, February 13, 2015
  • Decisions Made: Friday, March 6, 2015
  • Program Starts: Monday, June 15, 2015
  • Program Ends: Thursday, August 6, 2015

Please check back with us soon for an FAQ section to help answer all of your questions.

SRTP seeks students who are interested in pursuing a career in academic medicine or biomedical research and meet the following criteria:

  • Member of a group that is underrepresented in medicine*
  • US citizen or non-citizen national with a permanent residence visa
  • Undergraduate junior or senior, or first-year medical student (exceptions are possible for college sophmores with advanced laboratory experience)
  • 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.

Sources: AAMC (https://www.aamc.org/initiatives/urm/) and NIH (http://grants.nih.gov/training/faq_diversity.htm#435).

The deadline for completed applications (online form and supplemental materials) was Friday, February 14, 2014. Please complete online SRTP application form and email/mail supporting documents to the email address and/or mailing address listed below.  Note: The survey does not allow you to hit the return button after completing and submitting each section.

A complete application must include:

PART I. 2014 SRTP Online Application Form is no longer available.

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.

Photo: Please upload a professional photo saved as jpg. This file cannot be larger than 1 MB. To ensure quality, we recommend a minimum of 300x300 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 Materials must be received by Friday, February 14, 2014. 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 SRTP@mgh.harvard.edu.

Supporting documents must be emailed to:

SRTP@mgh.harvard.edu

Or sent to:

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

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered for this program, and allow enough mailing time for the materials to arrive before the deadline. We will inform you of our selection decisions by Monday, March 3, 2014 (tentative). The program starts on Monday, June 16, 2014 and ends on Thursday, August 7, 2014.

Paola Miralles. Program Manager

Phone: 617-724-3830
Fax: 617-724-6591
Email: SRTP@mgh.harvard.edu