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    Dear Colleague,

    I am writing to make you aware of a 10-week summer undergraduate research program sponsored by the University of Michigan Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP, which is an MD/PhD program) on the medical campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  UM-SMART is designed for undergraduate students who have an interest in obtaining a combined MD/PhD degree leading to a career in academic medicine as a physician-scientist performing basic research relevant to human health and disease. As a UM-SMART summer research fellow, students work full-time in a basic research laboratory under the mentorship of a research faculty member. 

    The goal of the UM-SMART program is to help students decide if a career as a physician-scientist is right for them, and to enhance competitiveness when applying to MD/PhD programs.  The UM-SMART has helped 101 undergraduate participants learn about MD/PhD training since 2008.  After graduation, 77% of past participants entered MD/PhD, PhD, or MD programs.  This 10-week program is aimed at students who have some amount of basic and mechanistic research experience related to medicine and are interested in gaining more experience to advance their career goals.  UM-SMART is not intended for students seeking clinical research experience on human subjects.  Additionally, we do not offer opportunities in public health, the social sciences, or humanities.  More detailed information on UM-SMART is below.  

    In addition, the MSTP will be hosting an Information Session on January 25, 2023 from 12:00pm-1:30pm EST.  This is an informal chat with program staff and current fellows to answer questions about our MD/PhD program, the admissions process, and Michigan.  Interested students can register to attend.

    Application deadline:  January 20, 2023

    Program dates:  May 30, 2023 - August 4, 2023

    Program Highlights: (visit the website or view the brochure for more information)

    Students participating in a lab receive a stipend of $4,700 plus residence hall housing and a meal allowance. 

    The main scientific focus of the summer program is to provide full-time laboratory biomedical research, as well as

    • Two half day clinical shadowing experiences
    • Online MCAT preparation accessible for 12 months
    • Oral and Poster presentation and relevant seminars
    • “Big Sib” Mentoring Program

    Eligibility: (see the website or brochure for more information)

    Applicants belonging to groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research are strongly encouraged to apply. This includes:  Individuals from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, such as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds such as family annual income below established low-income thresholds, or an educational environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.

    In addition, applicants must

    • Be a US Citizen or permanent resident of the US
    • Complete sophomore year by June 1, 2023
    • Maintain a minimum 3.2 grade point average
    • Complete 100 hours of research lab experience by June 1, 2023
    • Submit two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a research mentor or instructor

    To apply to the UM-SMART program, follow this link:

    For more information please read the brochure or visit our website:

    Please pass this information along to any student groups or individual students whom you think might have an interest and would benefit from this program. 

    The deadline for application submission including all application materials is January 20, 2023.

    Should you have any questions about the program please feel free to contact the University of Michigan MSTP office mstp@umich.

    Dear Faculty Member,

    We invite your best students to apply for our NIH/NCI-funded (5 R25CA023944-38) Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program. The program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, a core lecture serie s designed specifically for them, as well as research and clinical conferences. All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes. The COVID-19 vaccine is a requirement of participation in our POE program.

    A primary goal of the POE program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research. Thus, we are particularly interested in highly qualified students with a serious career interest in cancer research, either as a clinical scientist or laboratory-based research scientist. Our St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers training in leading-edge scientific fields paired with unique mentoring in the St. Jude clinical experience. Highly motivated POE students will have the opportunity to be considered for admission to the S t. Jude Graduate School upon completion of their undergraduate degree.

    All POE program applicants must already have research experience at the time they apply. Applicants must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals, or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States (required by the funding agency). All must be in at least their college sophomore year of college when they apply. POE medical students spend a minimum of 10 weeks in the program. The minimum tenure requirement for all others is 11 weeks. All POE applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.40 (on a 4.0 scale) in math and science (biology, chemistry, and physics) and at least a 3.40 overall. Participants in our program will receive a $600/week subsistence allowance. Fully furnished group housing will be provided at no cost for non-local participants.

    The POE home page contains links to the program application. The deadline for receipt of all 2023 application materials is February 1, 2023. Early application is highly recommended. Members of under-represented populations and women are particularly encouraged to apply, since one of our major long-term program goals is to increase the diversity of persons engaged in oncology research and practice.

    Thank you for your time!

    Suzanne Gronemeyer, PhD, FAACEDirector, Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) ProgramAssociate Director, Academic ProgramsSt. Jude Children's Research Hospital262 Danny Thomas Place, MS 276Memphis, TN 38105-3678suzanne.gronemeyer@stjude.org

    Additional TipsI advise students to apply for several programs, since most programs get many more well-qualified applicants than they can place.

    Many fine internship opportunities are listed on and option may be aduate-research-program.html or seniors may want to look into post baccalaureate programs such as medical students may be interested in:




    Amgen Scholars Program at UCLA
    June 25 – September 1, 2023

    The Amgen Scholars Program provides summer research experiences at 13 institutions across the country for students interested in pursuing Ph.D. s and, eventually, a career in science. Students interested in summer research in any area of biomedical science, chemistry, bioengineering, or chemical engineering are encouraged to apply.

    During the summer of 2023, UCLA will host 16 Amgen Scholars: 3 undergraduates from UCLA and 13 from other U.S. colleges and universities.  Amgen Scholars will participate in research projects, attend scientific seminars, and work under some of the nation’s top academic scientists.  The Amgen Scholars Program at UCLA includes a $4000 stipend, housing and some meals provided, Biotechnology Conference in Los Angeles, luncheons with faculty, workshops, scientific writing instruction, seminars, poster presentations and mentorship by UCLA Faculty Dr. Beth Lazazzera and Dr. Tama Hasson.


    Amgen Scholars U.S. Program applicants must be:

    • Must be available to participate in all 10 weeks of the program. Please note that this might conflict with the semester system. If that’s the case do not apply.
    • U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents, no international students
    • Undergraduates enrolled in four-year colleges and universities in the U.S., Puerto Rico and other U.S. Territories.
    • Sophomores (with 4 quarters or 3 semesters of college experience), Juniors and non-graduating Seniors (who are returning in the fall to continue their undergraduate experience).
    • Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or above.
    • Interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or joint M.D./Ph.D.

    Application Deadline for Amgen Scholars Program at UCLA: Wednesday, February 1, 2023.


    U.S. Amgen Scholars Program

    To learn more about all thirteen U.S. Amgen Scholars Program host institutions and the Japan Program visit:

    Please direct any questions about the Amgen Scholars Program at UCLA to:
    Laurie Femmel, Program Representative
    (310) 206-2182
    2121 Life Sciences Building

    Are you an undergraduate student (current freshman, sophmore, or junior) interested in biomedical research?
    Looking for Summer Research in Cancer Biology?Apply to SPARC by Feb 1, 2023
    • The George Washington Summer Program Advancing Research on Cancer (GW SPARC) engages diverse undergraduates in a mentored summer research experience at the GW Cancer Center in Washington DC. 
    • Students conduct cutting-edge research with a mentor, learn contemporary cancer research techniques, examine health disparities and the impact of cancer in different communities, and prepare for graduate school and research careers. 
    • All students present in a poster session with other undergraduate researchers.
    Learn more about GW SPARC We hope to see you here in DC this summer!
    Apply to 2023 GW SPARC Now  The deadline is February 1, 2023Questions? Please contact:
    Ms. Pesha Rubinstein, MPH
    Program Manager
  • Graduate Schools


    BPS Virtual Graduate FairNovember 14 & 15, 2022November 14: 4 PM - 6 PM US EasternNovember 15: 11 AM - 1 PM US Eastern

    All prospective graduate students are invited to the BPS Virtual Graduate Fair open houses on November 14 and 15, 2022. Students can explore options, connect with recruiters and current students from many different schools, and gain insights into the next step of their career. Registration is FREE!

    Thinking about applying to Graduate School? Wondered how to write a compelling personal statement? The St Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is here to help!

    On Thursday November 17, from 1 – 2 pm CST, Dr. Sally McIver, Sr Director for Research Education and Training, will present "Telling your story: tips for drafting a compelling personal statement." The event will be moderated by Bradley Stevens, a 3rd year PhD student. This will be an invaluable opportunity to get your questions answered.

    No registration is required. The link to join is below. For more information on the St Jude Graduate School, see the attached flyer and go to our website. We look forward to meeting you online. 

    Webinar topic: St. Jude Graduate School Recruiting

    Date and time: Thursday, Nov 17, 2022 1:00 pm | (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)

    Join link:

    Webinar number: 2450 058 0882

    Webinar password: KvqjUNXK983 (58758695 from phones)

    Join by phone

    1-877-668-4490 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)

    1-408-792-6300 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)

    Access code: 245 005 80882


    Johns Hopkins University was the first institution in the country to establish Biophysics as an independent discipline.  JHU now has two highly interactive departments dedicated to studying biological processes using quantitative biophysical and biochemical approaches. Today, the biophysics tradition continues with over 30 faculty members participating in the Program in Molecular Biophysics (PMB), an NIH-supported predoctoral graduate program. 


    We encourage students to contact our Admissions Chair, Bin Wu (; 410-502-4201), if they have any questions.  In addition, our website ( has email addresses for several current PMB students who have volunteered to answer questions for prospective applicants.


    A few years ago, we launched the Graduate Program in Bacteriology (or GPiB) at Harvard for students interested in studying bacterial biology and pathogenesis at Harvard Medical School or School of Public Health. We are holding a virtual open house on Monday November 21st from 7:00 to 8:00 pm EST for prospective students who have questions about our training program (see details below).

    If they have any additional questions about the microbiology graduate training opportunities here, they can reach out to our Curriculum Fellow Lauren Essler ( or visit our website

    The Harvard Graduate Program in Bacteriology (GPiB):

    GPiB is a supplemental training program for graduate students studying fundamental mechanisms of bacterial cell and molecular biology, bacterial pathogenesis, and the microbiome at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Students from many graduate programs are an integral part of our bacteriology community at Harvard, and the GPiB provides them with additional opportunities for scientific and career development as well as closer engagement with faculty and students across our community. 

    Students interested in joining GPiB are encouraged to apply to one of Harvard's graduate umbrella programs; if they then choose to join a bacteriology lab, they will then have the opportunity to become members of GPiB. 

    Connect with us: 

    Join us for a Zoom Drop In Open House: Monday November 21, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm EST

    Join the GPiB team for an informal open house to answer any questions about the program or applying to Harvard's Life Sciences PhD programs.

    Zoom meeting:


    Password: 934622

    Life Sciences graduate training opportunities at Harvard: 

    Harvard has 14 life sciences PhD programs that prospective students can apply to directly. These programs shape a student's core curriculum and initial training community. Students then have flexibility to join a thesis lab affiliated with their own program or any of the other Harvard life sciences PhD programs. For any students interested in microbiology/infectious diseases, the programs with many labs in these areas include the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program (BBS), the Biological Sciences in Public Health program (BPH), the Virology program, the Immunology program, and the Chemical Biology program. 

    We're committed to building a diverse and supportive community for all students. Visit our Diversity@Harvard page to learn about student affinity groups, our Summer Institute for incoming students, and other resources. This guide also has perspectives from current students and faculty as well as tips for writing your research statement and other parts of the application process.  

    Set up another time to chat: 

    Email the GPiB Curriculum Fellow Lauren Essler ( 

    We hope to meet you soon! 

  • Job Opportunities

    My name is Hojun Li, and I am a physician-scientist in Pediatric hematology/oncology at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and run my own independent laboratory at the MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research studying pediatric blood disorders and cancer. I am looking to hire a research technician to join my lab this spring, and would love to be able to mentor a recent college graduate who would like to eventually go to graduate school. Ideally, I am looking for someone who already has basic cell or molecular biology lab skills that would like to strengthen their resume for graduate school applications by performing at least 2 years of cutting edge, clinically relevant research in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.

    Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

    Hojun Li, MD, PhD
    Charles W. (1955) and Jennifer C. Johnson Clinical Investigator
    Principal Investigator, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

    Research Assistant position studying blood disorders

    The Li lab at the MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research is seeking a highly motivated research technician to pursue high impact research projects investigating the underlying biology of blood cell disorders. The lab is led by a physician-scientist who also treats patients at both Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The ideal candidate will already have basic cell or molecular biology laboratory skills, and should want to spend at least 2 years performing cutting edge research in a fast-paced, collaborative environment prior to applying to graduate school. Work with mouse models and human cells will be required. The goal start date for this position is in the Spring of 2023. The lab also has a dedicated focus on training the next generation of scientists and candidates from backgrounds underrepresented in science and medicine are encouraged to apply. If interested in the position, please contact Hojun Li ( and include a CV and undergraduate transcript.​​​​​​​​​​​​


    Research Assistant Position:
    A Research Assistant position will be available at the Tisch Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York (Tisch MSRCNY) starting the summer of 2023. Tisch MSRCNY is an independent research center in New York City dedicated to finding the cure for MS, under the direction of Saud A. Sadiq, MD. The Tisch MSRCNY is closely affiliated with the International Multiple Sclerosis Management Practice, creating a unique environment designed to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery. Please visit our website for more information

    Ideal candidates for this educational opportunity are students, who have recently completed their undergraduate education, seeking a rewarding experience in a biomedical research program before attending graduate or medical school. Working in our research laboratory, under the direct supervision of a principal investigator, the Research Assistant will be required to perform a variety of techniques in the fields of immunology, molecular biology, cell biology, and neuroscience including, but not limited to, PCR, aseptic cell culture technique, histology, experimental animal models, western blotting, ELISAs, and flow cytometry.

    Candidates must have good oral and written communication skills and should be able to demonstrate the ability to work as a team. Applicants must have a recent Bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences, OR should have an expected graduation date for the spring of 2023. Previous laboratory experience and a two-year commitment are required.

    Clinical Research Assistant Position:
    A Clinical Research Assistant position will be available at the Tisch Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York (Tisch MSRCNY) starting the summer of 2023. Tisch MSRCNY is an independent research center in New York City dedicated to finding the cure for MS, under the direction of Saud A. Sadiq, MD. The Tisch MSRCNY is closely affiliated with the International Multiple Sclerosis Management Practice, creating a unique environment designed to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery. Please visit our website for more information

    Ideal candidates for this educational opportunity are students, who have recently completed their undergraduate education, seeking a rewarding experience in a medical research program before attending graduate or medical school. Working in our research laboratory, under the direct supervision of a principal investigator, the Clinical Research Assistant will assist with clinical research studies, patient interaction, drafting research protocols, etc.

    Candidates should have good writing skills and be knowledgeable in data processing and computer usage. Good human relations skills are required for interaction with patients. The ability to interact and work well with others is also essential. Applicants must have a recent Bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences, OR should have an expected graduation date for the spring of 2023. A minimum commitment of two-years is required.

    We offer a very competitive salary and benefits package. If interested, please send cover letter, CV (please include your GPA), and names of three references to . Please specify “Clinical Research Assistant Application” in the e-mail.