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The Harvard Summer Research Program in Kidney Medicine (HSRPKM) offers a robust and varied introduction to the world of nephrology for the undergraduate college student who is considering a career in science or medicine. We are committed to building a talented and diverse kidney research community of tomorrow. As part of that commitment, we encourage students who are part of the underrepresented groups in medicine (URM)* to apply.  The Program is primarily a research-based experience but includes a core curriculum that addresses the basic science and clinical fundamentals and challenges in the field. The Program spans the nephrology divisions of four Harvard-affiliated hospitals – Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Boston’s Children’s Hospital (BCH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The Program runs for approximately 8 weeks each summer.

* Underrepresented in medicine (URM) for the purpose of this program are those individuals belonging to a particular ethnic or racial group which has been considered by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to be underrepresented in biomedical research (relative to their numbers in the general population). These groups may include Latino/Hispanic, African-American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaskan Natives, among others. Sources: AAMC and NIH.

Program Specifics
  • The Harvard Summer Research Program in Kidney Medicine (HSRPKM) is a summer program for college undergraduates which offers 8 weeks of research, housing accommodations and $1000 stipend to participants
  • Work with world class investigators at Harvard Medical School
  • Experience how kidney disease affects lives throughout unique clinical experiences
  • Attend weekly core curriculum sessions which introduces the functions and dysfunctions of the kidney
  • Present your research at a national student symposium.
Acceptance Requirements

Note: our application criteria have changed.

Previous research experience is required. We have very few undergraduate student opportunities for clinical research for the coming summer and because the summer is very short, prior bench research is strongly encouraged. One letter of recommendation should be from the laboratory and one from a faculty member from science classwork. This program is suitable for students who envision a career in science with or without a medical degree.

  • GPA 3.4 or higher
  • Currently enrolled in undergraduate degree seeking program
  • Must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card holder)
  • Must be committed to entire 8+ week program (approximately June 1- August 1)
  • Research experience required
  • NOTE: Each finalist will have a brief phone interview.

Application Procedure:

You are required to complete an online application. The application will prompt you to upload supporting documents. Please prepare your supporting materials is advance of starting the online application.

Interested students should email the Harvard Summer Research Program at with the questions. Application for summer 2020 is closed.

To complete this application you will be required to upload:
– Proof of US citizenship (US passport or Permanent Residency cards)
– Your resume
– Your personal statement

Personal Statement:

Please provide a personal statement describing in 400-750 words your educational and professional goals and how your participation in the Harvard Summer Research Program in Kidney Medicine will assist in meeting your goals. Be sure to articulate your qualifications and your reasons for wishing to participating in this program. Please include a header on all pages with your last name.

Letters of Recommendation:

Please choose two professional or academic recommendation writers and have them email their letters on your behalf to . The letters should be signed and on official letterhead if they submitted via postal mail. NOTE: We welcome letters from Principal Investigators or mentors from previous research lab experiences.


All transcripts must be official. Please submit one official transcript from your current institution; however if you are a transfer student that has been at your current institution less than one year, please submit a transcript from your prior institution.
NOTE: If your institution does not send e-transcripts you may mail your official transcript to the attention
Shekora Saint, MHA
Education Program Manager
75 Francis Street, MRB4
Boston, MA 02115
Please send e-transcripts and questions: or 617-732-5802

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