Summer Internship Programs offered by the Harvard Catalyst Program for Faculty Development and Diversity Inclusion (PFDD)

This summer, six medical school and nine college students from across the United States are in Boston receiving an immersive experience in clinical and translational science through two summer internship programs offered by the Harvard Catalyst Program for Faculty Development and Diversity Inclusion  (PFDD).

The Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP) offers college students (sophomores and above) the opportunity to receive ten weeks of mentored research, while the Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP) are here for eight-weeks of mentored summer  projects. VRIP participants are exclusively first and second year medical students from around the country.

Both of these competitive programs – each of which is now in the sixth year – are intended to enrich students’ interest in research and health-related careers, particularly clinical/translational research careers, as well as to increase the exposure of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students to such research.
Students in both programs attend a series of seminars conducted by HMS faculty, which provide the interns the opportunity to question and mingle with clinical and translational research leaders of their awareness and access to the broad scope of clinical and translational science.

This year, students are working in labs in Systems Biology, the Wyss Institute, Harvard Medical School Center for Biomedical Informatics, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Joslin Diabetes Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary & Schepens Eye Research Institute, and a new group, MGH’s Home Base Program.

Home Base was created in 2009 to provide clinical care, community education and research to help Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and families recover from the “invisible wounds of war” – combat and deployment-related stress or traumatic brain injury.

For information on program collaboration opportunities for the VRIP & SCTRP 2015 summer sessions, please contact Harvard Catalyst Program Manager, Carol Martin. If you would like to see the end of summer presentations of these interns, please contact Rachel Milliron to register for the VRIP Closing Ceremony on Thursday, July 24 or join us for the college program SCTRP Closing Ceremony on Thursday, August 14.

For information on student opportunities for the VRIP & SCTRP 2015 summer session, contact Harvard Catalyst Program Coordinator, Danyellé Thorpe.









VRIP 2014 June 2 through to Closing Ceremony - July 24, Waterhouse Room Gordon Hall
Nadya Ali, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, Peter Tonellato, PhD, CBMI, HMS
Luis (Daniel) Diaz-Aguilar, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Kip Connor, PhD, MEEI
Manjot Jassal, Howard University College of Medicine, Sylvia Rosas, MD; George King, MD, Joslin
Mohamed Mohamed, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Alexander Lin, PhD, BWH
Christina Pedro, Indiana University School of Medicine, Anne Klibanski, PhD; Madhusmita Misra, MB, BS, MGH
David Sanchez, Howard University College of Medicine, Raymond Huang, MD, PhD, BWH


SCTRP 2014 June 9 through to Closing Ceremony – August 14, Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall
Tania Benjamin, California State University, Northridge, Suzanne Walker, PhD, HMS
Kia Byrd, Howard University, Michael Super, PhD, Wyss
Isaiah Cochran, Waynesburg University, Charles Nelson, PhD; Kandice Carcin, PhD, BCH
Walter Hardesty, UCLA, Gabriel Kreiman, PhD, BCH
Daralys Lopez, University of Central Florida, Ronilda, Lacson, MD, PhD, BWH
Erika Nieto, University of Nevada, Reno, Sean Megason, PhD; Kana Ishimatsu, Systems Biology, HMS
Samuel Okpechi, Southern University at New Orleans, Luk Vandenberghe, PhD, MEEI and Schepens
Margie Rayford, Tougaloo College, Naomi Simon, MD, MSc; Ross Zafonte, DO; Grant Iverson, PhD, Home Base Program, MGH
Stephanie Vu, University of Connecticut, Ciprian Catana, MD, PhD, MGH