The Summer Institute at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology offers a unique opportunity for outstanding undergraduate college students considering a career in biomedical engineering and medical science. This highly competitive program offers a hands-on research experience in a scientific community internationally recognized for its leadership and commitment to excellence. Participants are supported by cutting-edge research facilities and expert mentors.
Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, participating institutions include Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
, i2b2 National Center for Biocomputing
, and others. The Institute is part of an effort at MIT to help facilitate the involvement of talented students in engineering and science research--in particular, underrepresented minority students, first-generation college students, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Participants become part of HST's accelerating effort to alleviate human suffering and disease through applied learning in a variety of biomedical research areas. There are two areas of study:
Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics
, or the use of computer science techniques, such as electronic databases and three-dimensional modeling, to gather and analyze life sciences data; particularly information from genomics.
, or the use of lasers and light to develop new applications and modes of treatment in the areas of medicine and biology.
Students in both programs receive a stipend for the summer.