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Harvard Medical School - The Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program


Category: Summer
Type: Research
Location: Boston Massachusetts
Deadline: Early February


Division of Medical Sciences
Diversity Program Office
260 Longwood Avenue
T-MEC 335
Boston, MA 02115


To be eligible for SHURP, applicants must be currently-enrolled undergraduates who will not have completed their BA/BS degree by June, are considering careers in biological or biomedical research sciences, have already had at least one summer (or equivalent term-time) of experience in a research laboratory, have taken at least one upper-level biology course that includes molecular biology, and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents (due to requirements of our federal funding).


The Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP) is a ten-week summer research program primarily for college students belonging to groups that are under-represented in the sciences. SHURP presently has 475 alumni from colleges across the country, and over 90% are continuing or planning to continue training and careers in the sciences. SHURP is one of the summer research programs participating in the Summer Research Early Identification Program of the Leadership Alliance, a consortium of 35 colleges and universities dedicated to improving the participation of historically underrepresented students in graduate programs.

Summer research opportunities will be available in a variety of biological and biomedical sciences including (but not limited to): cellular and developmental biology, cell cycle regulation, stem cell biology, studies of blood cells, cancer biology, endocrinology, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience, receptor structure and function, transmembrane signaling mechanisms, and virology.  Considerable emphasis is placed on placing students in labs suiting their research interests.  More information about research interests of Division faculty members may be found at