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The Undergraduate Summer Internship
The Undergraduate Summer Internship is our headline enrichment program for talented undergraduates interested in our work and eager to collaborate with our researchers as well as their own peers at Harvard's FAS Center for Systems Biology and our co-sponsoring sister department at Havard Medical School. We are part of a university-wide initiative whose goal is to find general principles that govern the structure, behavior, and evolution of living systems, from the tiniest cells to the largest organisms. Our members combine an array of theoretical and empirical approaches and span a wide range of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, computer science, statistics, and mathematics.
We have received positive reviews from past participants, who have praised the depth of their involvement in the program as well as its utility to their ongoing research, including senior theses.
Working in the labs of Systems Biology faculty and fellows, interns will have the chance to gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art tools and learn cutting-edge scientific techniques in the dynamic research environment at Harvard's Cambridge campus and Harvard Medical School's Longwood campus in Boston.
The internship's full term is ten weeks (2017 dates TBA). Interns will be allotted reserved housing in Harvard College's Leverett House, located near historic Harvard Yard on the bank of the Charles River in Cambridge. In addition to room and board--including access to Harvard recreational and athletic facilities--each intern will receive a stipend of $4,500.
Calendar of Events
Every year, the internship features an assortment of presentations, seminars, lectures, career events, field trips, and excursions. At the end of each week, interns are invited to relax at a Center-wide barbecue, and once during the summer we will take a trip to watch a Red Sox game.
In addition, interns will be part of Harvard's annual Undergraduate Research Village, and will have a chance to interact with interns from a spectrum of programs at official social events. Of course, interns will also have the opportunity to take advantage of our proximity to Boston's diverse cultural and social scene, conveniently accessible via the T, Boston's public transport system.
The internship will culminate in a poster symposium, during which participants will present their research alongside over 100 fellow interns from across Harvard's Undergraduate Research Village.
Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents who are rising undergraduate sophomores, juniors, or seniors currently enrolled full-time in good standing at an accredited public or private college or university in the United States or a US territory. Participants must be 18 years or older by the start of the program.
Students interested in pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD, and students from under-represented minorities or disadvantaged backgrounds, are especially encouraged to apply.
Applicants are advised that Massachusetts state law requires all residents (permanent and temporary) to hold health insurance. Accordingly, lack of coverage must disqualify a candidate. Accepted interns who will lack health insurance during the term of the internship should consult with us for assistance in arranging coverage.
This list will be expanded as projects are updated.
Harvard students who fulfill the eligibility criteria and are interested in working in one of our labs should contact the head of the relevant lab directly. We also encourage you to apply for PRISE or HCRP funding through URAF.
Candidates may apply to up to three projects.
The following materials will be required of every applicant (pay special attention to file format requirements):
Resume or CV -- please submit a copy of your resume or CV in PDF format
Transcript -- please submit an original or scanned copy of your most recent official or unofficial cumulative transcript in PDF format
Purpose Statement -- please submit a purpose statement describing previous research experiences and future academic or career goals, no longer than 750 words, in PDF format
Project Selection Statement -- please submit a project selection statement explaining your interest in the project(s) you selected, no longer than 500 words, in PDF format
In addition to the materials listed above, we require each applicant to solicit two letters of recommendation from people familiar with that applicant in an academic or research setting. Please be sure to give your recommenders ample advance notice and confirm that they will be able to submit their letters by the deadline.
The official application form as well as instructions for submission of application materials will be posted in mid-December. The deadline for receipt of all application materials, including both letters of recommendation, is 11:59PM EST on February 1, 2017, at which point we will close the application and cease accepting submission of any further materials.