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Summer Research Programs for Undergraduates

Links to institutions offering undergraduate research programs are provided here through the American Physiological Society.  Opportunities cover all scientific areas of study. Please note that some applications are still in the process of being updated for the 2012 academic year. Check back periodically for updates.

Please note: Research each program thoroughly. In some cases the programs are offered only for students of the institution. In other cases, the opportunities are open to any undergraduate student who applies. Many of the programs offer stipends and housing, while others do not. The sponsoring researcher must be a member of the American Physiological Society.  (See the FAQ section at the top of the list.)

If you have questions regarding any programs, call or email the contacts listed. These programs are not affiliated with Davidson College, but are provided as resources for Davidson students seeking summer research opportunities. Good luck as you begin your search.

Harvard’s Division of Medical Sciences Offers Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program


This summer 2012 Harvard’s Division of Medical Sciences will offer the Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP) from Sunday, June 3 to Saturday, August 11.
 This is a ten-week summer research program for college students in under-represented groups within the sciences, and is offered for students who are:

  • currently-enrolled undergraduates considering careers in biological or biomedical research sciences,
  • who have already had at least one summer (or equivalent term-time) of experience in a research laboratory,
  • who have taken at least one upper-level biology course that includes molecular biology, and
  • are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • The deadline to apply is February 1, 2012.

SHURP is one of the summer research programs participating in the Summer Research Early Identification Program of the Leadership Alliance, a consortium of 33 colleges and universities dedicated to improving the participation of historically underrepresented students in graduate education programs.

Emphasis is on matching students with interests as much as possible.  The 2012 summer research opportunities will be available in a variety of biological and biomedical sciences including (but not limited to):

  • cellular and developmental biology
  • cell cycle regulation
  • cardiac and cardio-pulmonary functions and pathology
  • studies of blood cells
  • cancer biology
  • endocrinology
  • immunology
  • microbiology
  • molecular biology and genetics
  • neuroscience, receptor structure and functions
  • transmembrane signaling mechanisms
  • study of clotting mechanisms
  • virology

More information, including stipends, housing, faculty research interests and application materials can be found here.  Application deadline for SHURP 2012 will be February 1, 2012.

Contact Information
Answers to many common questions about SHURP can be found here.  If you have further questions, please email SHURP@hms.harvard.edu to contact either:

  • Sheila Thomas, PhD, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Minority Affairs, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Faculty Director, Diversity Programs, Division of Medical Sciences (phone: 617-432-1342), or
  • Deborah Milstein, SHURP Staff Assistant (phone: 617-432-4980)

Still have questions?  Send an email or call at 617-432-4980.