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The Harvard Summer Research Program in Kidney Medicine (HSRPKM) offers a robust and varied introduction to the world of kidney medicine (nephrology) for undergraduate college students considering a career in science or medicine. The program is primarily a research-based experience, but also includes a core curriculum that addresses the basic science and clinical fundamentals of the kidney as well as challenges in the field. The program spans the nephrology divisions of four Harvard Medical School-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).

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.

Program Specifics:

  • Eight-week program (roughly June 1 through July 31)
  • Paid housing and $1,000 stipend
  • Work with world class investigators at Harvard Medical School
  • Experience how kidney disease affects lives through a unique clinical experience
  • Attend weekly core curriculum session which will introduce the functions and dysfunctions of the kidney
  • All-expense paid trip to a national symposium to present your research

The Harvard Summer Research Program in Kidney Medicine is funded by a grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) (  The program is led by Dr. Joseph Bonventre, Chief of Division of Nephrology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The Co-directors are Dr. Melanie Hoenig and Dr. Li-Li Hsiao. Dr. Hoenig is the course director for renal pathophysiology at Harvard Medical School and a nephrologist at BIDMC. Dr. Li-Li Hsiao is a nephrologist at BWH and the founder of a national program for undergraduate students to serve the community by screening for chronic kidney diseases, Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program, KDSAP:

* 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.


Application closed January 22, 2020 for summer 2020. Check back next fall to apply for summer 2021.

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