Research Opportunities

Biological Sciences

Since 1992, Brown Medical School's National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Short Term Training Program has given students access to outstanding researchers in heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders research. Research experiences have primarily been based in the departments listed above, as well as in the clinical departments of medicine, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, pediatrics, and surgery.

Students are most frequently offered an opportunity for research with one of the following departments: 
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry (MCB)
Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology & Biotechnology (MPPB)

SR-EIP students are often placed in the Pathobiology Program, an interdisciplinary field devoted to basic research into the mechanisms of disease. There are four major research and concentration themes within the Pathobiology Program: 1) toxicology and environmental pathology, 2) infection and immunity, 3) cancer biology, and 4) aging.

The School of Public Health takes a “lifelong health” approach to improving people’s lives. It begins before conception, through research on environmental exposures that affect fertility and cause birth defects. It continues through the prime of life: public health at Brown focuses on prevention and treatment using a population perspective to promote health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives.The School of Public Health’s 12 nationally renowned research centers and institutes focus training and research on key areas including evidence based medicine, preventive medicine, community health, HIV/AIDS, statistical sciences, global health, and primary care. 

Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

The Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences (DEEPS) Graduate Program is rated among the top programs in the nation and the world. Faculty members, nationally and internationally acknowledged leaders in their fields, conduct research in four broad areas:
Climate & Environment
Planetary Geosciences 

DEEPS researchers are found in Our Faculty Mentors in the Physical Sciences.  We welcome applications from students who have backgrounds in any of these fields: the Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering and Biology.

Potential research projects span a wide range of key science questions.  What processes drive climate change and what are the likely conditions of Earth’s future climate?  What factors control volcanic eruptions?  What are missions to planets such as Mars revealing about the past and present planetary environments and how planetary interiors evolve?  What is the structure of the tectonic plates on Earth and what processes drive plate motions, mountain building, and continental break-up?

More information on potential research can be found on the research websites for DEEPS faculty (under Our Faculty Mentors).  Some of the possible research areas are highlighted here.

Chemistry and Related Fields

The Brown SR-EIP places students in the following research fields through the Department of Chemistry as well as other departments: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Biology, Chemistry, Computational Biology, Mathematical Modeling, Machine Learning, Molecular Biology, Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, Physics. The Chemistry Department welcomes students with interests in Chemical Biology, Organometallics, Inorganic Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry and Spectroscopy.

The Department of Chemistry at Brown maintains world-class facilities that enable scientific inquiry without limitations. In many cases, faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students collaboratively pursue interdisciplinary research within the department. A few of the many possible research areas are highlighted here.

Environment and Society

The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES) is a leading, interdisciplinary institution solving the grandest environmental challenges facing 21st century society. IBES supports research to understand the interactions between natural, human and social systems. Institute Fellows conduct collaborative research in four interdisciplinary thematic areas: Natural Systems, Food & Water, Human Health & Well-Being, and Equity & Governance. We welcome rising seniors with a background in Environmental Sciences or Environmental Studies, from any physical or social science discipline. The IBES-Leadership Alliance Internship for Advanced Undergraduate Environmental Science and Studies Majors offers many possible research areas highlighted here.

Population Studies

The Population Studies & Training Center (PSTC), an internationally respected demography research and training center, offers an outstanding interdisciplinary graduate training program. Research interests include social demography, economic demography, anthropological demography, and population health.


Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative

Students interested in the humanities and social sciences should refer to the Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative.