Please note this is an opportunity for Rhode Island students only.

PURPOSE: This is a five week summer enrichment program designed to provide an opportunity for high school students from historically marginalized communities and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to explore careers in basic and translational scientific research within the medical field of pathology. Students will be placed in an immersive work environment within individual research labs where they can interact directly with junior and senior scientists in a way simple course work could never afford.

STRUCTURE: The PLM Summer Internship summer experience is comprised of three components:

Research: The main focus of the experience is an immersive 5-week exposure to translational and basic science research in diverse areas of disease pathogenesis including vaccine development, malaria pathobiology, neural and cardiac development, and neurodegenerative disease. Students will be assigned individually to research labs, where they will work on a specific research project as part of a team of scientists. At the end of the summer, students will give a brief presentation to their peers and faculty highlighting their work.

Clinical: Interns will spend a half day each week shadowing pathologists at local university affiliated hospitals in order to gain an understanding of how surgical pathology and laboratory medicine are intimately involved in patient care and closely linked to translational research.

Career: Interns will participate in career development round tables to learn about different biomedical career paths as well as how to successfully prepare for them. In addition, interns will participate in a college essay writing workshop series and have their essays reviewed by Brown Writing Center Fellows.

ELIGIBILITY: The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is looking for approximately six highly motivated high school students from historically marginalized communities or  economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Rising high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply. Students in other grades will be considered. 

PROGRAM DATES: July 8 - August 9, 2024

Please apply at the link below.  If you have any issues with the form, please contact Elizabeth Boynton at [email protected].

Summer Research Internship Application