Research Opportunities

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(Sorted by proximity to Brown and by region)

Scholarly research can be an excellent part of your educational and career exploration. We recommend you look for opportunities that resonate with your interests and are a good fit for your goals. To learn more about the best ways to integrate research into your pre-health/pre-medical education, refer to Gaining Experience in the Health Professions

Brown University presents multiple opportunities to engage with research. Exploring the links below will give you a sense of the breadth of these opportunities. The Directory or Research and Researchers at Brown, BURO, and BrownConnect are the University's main databases.  Research that takes place at a hospital or involves interaction with patients or research subjects involves a variety of approval and certification steps. These are similar to the HIPAA certification process that enables students to volunteer at hospitals or other clinical facilities and are managed by the clinical facility where the research takes place. Most laboratory research projects that take place on campus may not require extensive certification or clearance.

There are also a great number of summer programs at institutions nation-wide that provide foundational or in-depth experience with scholarly research. Most of these programs require an application mid-winter to early spring. They frequently require letters of recommendation and a resume. To prepare well, plan ahead.

Consult CareerLAB's website and advisors for assistance with resume and cover letter writing. The list below is not exhaustive and we encourage you to explore a variety of options that fit with your educational and careers goals. 

Brown University

The College Research Awards Page

The College Fellowships Page

The Directory of Research and Researchers at Brown

BURO (BioMed Undergraduate Research Opportunities)

Undergraduate Research and Teaching Awards (UTRA)

Royce Fellowship

Linking Internships and Knowledge Awards (LINK)

CareerLAB's Handshake job and internship board

Summer Programs in Multiple Locations

AAMC Summer Undergraduate Reserach Programs

AAMC MD/PhD Summer Undergraduate research programs

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) - formerly Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)

Nemours Children's Health System Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program (NSURP)


Boston--Undergraduate Immunology Summer Program at Harvard Medical School

Boston -- Summer Internships in Biological Sciences in Public Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Farmington, CT--Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, University of Connecticut

Scarborough, ME--Summer Student Research Program (SSRP), Maine Medical Center Research Institute

New York City--Columbia University/Barnard College Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program (through the generous support of the Amgen Foundation).

New York City--Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine

New York City--Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at Sloan-Kettering Institute

New York City-- New York Blood Center Summer Intenship for Undergraduates

Philadelphia--Undergraduate Student Scholars Program in the NIH Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Diseases, University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia--Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Summer Scholars Program

Bethesda, MD--NIH Academy Program

Bethesda, MD--Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA)

Bethesda, MD--Two-year NIH Fellowship in Bioethics (stipends and requirements are commensuatrate with NIH IRTA)

Pittsburgh, PA--Magee-Women's Research Institute, College Student Summer Internship

Wilmington, DE--Nemours Summer Undergraduate Research Program, A.I. duPont Hospital for Children


Ann Arbor, MI -- UM-SMART Summer Undergraduate Research Program (of particular interest to students interested in MD-PhD programs)

Cleveland, OH--The Chester Summer Scholars Program, Division of Neonatology, MetroHealth Medical Center

Athens, OH--Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Chicago, IL--Pritzker School of Medicine Experience in Research - PSOMER

Cincinnati, OH--SURF Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

St. Louis, MO--Summer Opportunities Program – Siteman Cancer Center

Iowa City, IA--Multiple Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (including MSTP, microbiollogy, radiology, others) University of Iowa


Nashville, TN--Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy

Memphis, TN--The Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Birmingham, AL--Summer in Biomedical Science Undergraduate Research Program, University of Alabama, Birmingham


Los Angeles, CA--UCLA Public Heatlh Scholars Training Program

Claremont, CA--Keck Graduate Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) in Biotechnology and Bioengineering

Denver, CO--Gates Summer Internship Program (GSIP) 


Multiple Locations (Boston, NYC, California)--Health Career Connection Internships

Multiple Locations--The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program

Multiple Locations--The National Alliance of Research Associates Programs

Multiple Locations--Undergraduate Student Research Program, American Heart Association

Paris, France--Institut Pasteur Undergraduate Internships

Multiple locations--Summer Internship Program (SIP) at The National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Multiple locations--Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) Pathways to Science- Research Programs and Scholarships