Program for Medical Students: Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP)

The Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP) is an eight-week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich medical students' interest in research and health-related careers, particularly clinical/translational research careers.

In addition to a mentored clinical/translational research experience, VRIP students will participate in weekly seminars with Harvard faculty focusing on topics such as research methodology, health disparities, ethics, and career paths. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in offerings of other Harvard Medical School programs such as career development seminars and networking dinners.


Eligible participants are first and second year medical students, particularly individuals from groups underrepresented in medicine and/or disadvantaged individuals, in good standing from accredited U.S. medical schools. US Citizens or U.S. Noncitizen Nationals or Permanent Residents of U.S. are eligible to apply.

Program Details and How to Apply

The 2017 Harvard Catalyst VRIP application process is now closed.

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2016 VRIP Student Interns | June 6 – July 29, 2016

Shaleeka Cornelius, Meharry Medical  College, School of Medicine
Mentor: Suzanne Walker, PhD, Heidi Morris and Michael Quinn, Harvard Medical School, Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology**

Chigozie Emetarom, Central Michigan University College of Medicine
Mentor: Brittany Charlton, MSc, ScD, Boston Children’s Hospital, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Working Group

Adrian Godoy Vazquez, Howard University College of Medicine
Mentor: Dusica Bajic, MD, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Ngoda Manongi, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Mentors:  Camilia Martin, MD, MS/Steven Freedman, MD, PhD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Martin-Freedman Lab**

Anjelica Saulsberry, University of Tennessee  Health Science Center College of Medicine
Mentor: Laura Holsen, PhD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Psychiatry

Meghna Srinath, University of Missouri School of Medicine
Mentor: Eleftheria Maratos-Flier, MD, and Sarah Flier, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Flier & Maratos-Flier Lab**

* indicates returning mentor
** indicates multi-year mentor