Project Success for High School Students

Opening the Door to Biomedical Careers

A program for Boston and Cambridge high school students only, currently in grade 11 and 12, particularly students from groups underrepresented in medicine and/or disadvantaged students, to participate in paid, mentored, summer research internships at Harvard Medical School and its affiliated institutions.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 Project Success summer internship program.


The Project Success Experience | Class of 2016

Project Success students spent 7 weeks at Harvard Medical School and affiliated institutions conducting biomedical research alongside leading researchers. In order to share the diversity of research experiences, we asked each student to share a favorite research technique. Friday, August 12th marked the conclusion of Project Success where students gave 10 minute oral presentations to members of the HMS research community, family and friends. Dr. Nutt asked the audience, “how many of us were conducting cutting edge research at Harvard when we were 17?” Congratulations to the Project Success Class of 2016!


2016 Research Project Presentations Program

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Meet the Project Success Class of 2016

Before beginning their summer research experiences throughout Harvard, we asked the Project Success Class of 2016 to introduce themselves with personal reflections about their favorite science class and a favorite movie or book. Ten students were selected as Project Success students, with nine new students and one returning student. Three students will attend college this fall. Project Success students not only share a love of science, they also recognize the importance of building a positive and respectful community.


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In the ongoing effort to boost diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers, many of the vanguard programs and key advocates we rely upon go unrecognized. One of the challenges in this area involves finding mentors who understand the complex issues surrounding urban youth. In order to prepare the future generation of STEM leaders, we must also increase the access to research labs and hands-on experiences in the biomedical sciences. ...

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Program Description

Project Success: Opening the Door to Biomedical Careers is a program for BOSTON and CAMBRIDGE high school students only, particularly underrepresented and/or disadvantage students, to participate in paid, mentored, summer research internships at Harvard Medical School and its affiliated institutions. The program is augmented by seminars and workshops given by faculty and administrators, site visits, and career counseling.

These are some features of the Project Success Program:

Summer Internships: Paid "hands-on" research positions for 8 weeks, from June through August.

Educational Opportunities: Summer discussion series; seminars with researchers and physicians; site visits to hospitals and biotechnology firms; computer training; development of writing and speaking skills; academic year seminars and special programs.

Student Support: Assigned mentors and research advisors; information about the college application process; career counseling; networking with students in other summer programs.


Program Goals

  • To identify, recruit and nurture talented students from Boston and Cambridge, particularly students from groups underrepresented in medicine and/or disadvantaged, who are interested in pursuing biomedical careers.
  • To link students with scientists and physicians. Students will assess their interest in and aptitude for biomedical careers; engage in hands-on research to enhance their technical skills and scientific knowledge; and be encouraged to become critical thinkers.
  • To provide continuing support and resources for students in developing academic and professional career paths.


Eligible Students Must:

  1. Reside in Boston or Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  2. Be a Boston or Cambridge high school student, particularly a student from a racial or ethnic background underrepresented in medicine and/or from a disadvantaged background.
  3. Have completed the junior or senior year of high school and be at least 16 years of at the time of application.
  4. Have demonstrated an interest and ability in science, interest in pursuing a biomedical science or health-related career, and commitment to attending college.
  5. Have maintained a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least B-, and have completed biology, algebra, and chemistry.
  6. Be willing to complete all required formal oral and written reports; attend all Project Success-sponsored seminars; and maintain good attendance and performance on required research projects.
  7. Be committed to participating in selected Harvard Medical School Educational Outreach Programs for a year after completing the program.
  8. Have parental/guardian commitment.


Application Process

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 Project Success summer internship program.

Complete the formal application, including:

  • a letter of interest written by the applicant;
  • a written recommendation by a science teacher;
  • three references;
  • one copy of the applicant's most recent school transcript;
  • a signed parental or guardian consent form.

 

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For applications please contact:

Sheila Nutt, Ed.D.
Director of Educational Outreach
Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership
164 Longwood Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: 617-432-4634
Fax: 617-432-3834
E-mail: sheila_nutt@hms.harvard.edu

The Project Success Advisory Committee will meet to review all complete applications received by the deadline date. Selected applicants will be invited to an interview with committee members. Students selected to participate in the program will be notified by telephone and mail.

 

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For more information contact:

Sheila Nutt, Ed.D.
Director of Educational Outreach Programs
Office for Diversity and Community Partnership
164 Longwood Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: 617-432-4634
Fax: 617-432-3834
E-mail: sheila_nutt@hms.harvard.edu