PURPOSE: This is a summer enrichment program for six weeks meant to expose high school students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds or historically underrepresented minorities to career possibilities 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: This summer experience will be comprised of three components.

  • The main focus of the experience will be an immersive 6 week exposure to translational and basic science research in diverse areas of disease pathogenesis including such areas 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. Students are expected to work 25 hrs/ week. At the end of the summer, students will be expected to give a brief presentation to their peers and faculty highlighting their work.
  • A longitudinal group didactic component, amounting to a half day a week will be spent 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.

ELIGIBILITY: The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is looking for up to four highly motivated high school students from historically underrepresented groups and/or from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Rising high school seniors will receive preferential consideration, but rising juniors as well as graduating high school seniors will be considered (including candidates of merit without current plans of matriculating to college in the fall). Interested applicants currently accepted into the Summer at Brown program are encouraged to apply. Schedules will be accommodated for successful candidates as best possible.

Two letters of recommendation are requested along with a one page essay that covers one of the prompts below:

  • Tell us why you are interested in participating in this program.
  • Write a short essay that begins with an unanswered question of interest to you and formulate a hypothesis along with method(s) to test it. Describe the potential results that might be expected and potential difficulties you might encounter.  This is meant as an exercise in thinking, so topics need not be directly relevant to pathology or biology.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2021 application deadlines TBD

Program dates: 2021 dates TBD