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Preprofessional Opportunities

Novartis - Scientific Summer Scholars Program


Category: Summer
Type: Research
Location: Cambridge Massachusetts
Deadline: Mid January


Students who have completed at least three semesters or four quarters at an accredited U.S. college or university are welcome to apply. Ph.D. and M.D. students are not eligible for this program. Applicants must attend a university in a U.S. state or territory and be eligible to work in the United States. Students should have a strong desire to pursue graduate-level education in biological sciences, chemistry or computational sciences and have at least a G.P.A of 3.3 out of a 4.0 scale. Inclusion of the broadest slate of talent is very important to us. We encourage applications from talented individuals, among others, who are currently underserved in the sciences. Examples include first-generation college students, socioeconomically disadvantaged students, individuals with learning differences, and under-represented minorities.


Our highly competitive ten-week Scientific Summer Scholars Program provides research training opportunities for top-tier students to gain research experience, enhance their preparation in applying to top graduate and professional programs, and expose them to NIBR's approaches to patient-driven research. Scholars work on their own project with the guidance of a NIBR scientist. NIBR's research covers many disease, science, and technology areas that allow us to closely match your specific interests with one of our labs.

As a Scholar, you will work on your own project with the guidance of a NIBR scientist as well as participate in professional development and social activities:

  • Research project: designing and executing experiments; analyzing your own data, learning new experimental techniques, and building your understanding of scientific concepts
  • Scientific development: learning about drug discovery projects from experts; showcasing your results to the broader NIBR community; evaluating scientific articles in a fun and interactive setting
  • Professional development: engaging in graduate/professional school preparations; cultivating your network with fellow scholars and NIBR scientific leaders; gaining insight into how our community channeled their scientific interests into various career objectives
  • Social activities: fostering collegial interactions during a scavenger hunt at a local museum, welcome and farewell events