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Preprofessional Opportunities

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory - Summer Undergraduate Research Program


Category: Summer
Type: Research
Location: Cold Spring Harbor New York
Deadline: Early January


Undergraduate Research Program
Watson School of Biological Sciences
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
One Bungtown Road
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

(516) 367-6890


Preference is given to students entering their sophomore or junior year in college. Selection is not based on high grades but rather the program is looking for students who can demonstrate through practical experience, a strong enthusiasm for biological sciences and scholarly research.


The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) at CSHL provides an opportunity for undergraduate scientists from around the world to conduct first-rate research.  Students learn the scientific process, technical methods and theoretical principles, and communicate their discoveries to other scientists.  Approximately 20 students come to CSHL each summer for the 10-week program, living and working in the exciting Laboratory environment.

URP participants work on an ongoing research project in one of CSHL’s expert labs.  Research at CSHL focuses on:

  • Molecular Biology & Cancer
  • Genetics & Genomics
  • Neuroscience
  • Plant Biology
  • Quantitative Biology

In addition to doing research in the lab, URP participants attend a series of specially designed workshops, seminars and collegial events.  Workshops focus on learning particular skills, such as Python programming, while seminars cover research topics, responsible conduct of research, and career development. At the URP Symposium at the end of each summer, students present their research to the entire CSHL community.

URP participants live and work among CSHL scientists. They are invited to all Laboratory social activities, including an exclusive dinner with CSHL President Bruce Stillman. On weekends, students are free to explore nearby New York City or the sandy beaches of Long Island.

By the end of the summer, URP participants have first-hand experience of a career in scientific research.

The URP Program will be held June – August.