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The Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP) is a ten-week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich the pipeline of college students' understanding of and interest in pursuing clinical and/or translational research, as well as to increase underrepresented minority and disadvantaged college student exposure to clinical/translational research.

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

IN THE NEWS: Mentoring a Diverse New Generation of Researchers, HMS News, August 17, 2012 >>



Eligible participants are undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors, particularly those attending Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) and Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) NIH-funded institutions, historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and/or Tribal Colleges with baccalaureate degree programs, and/or alumni of the Harvard Medical School Minority Faculty Development Program and/or the Biomedical Science Careers Program. US Citizens or U.S. Noncitizen Nationals or Permanent Residents of U.S. are eligible to apply.

Program Details and How to Apply:

Applications are now CLOSED.


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Welcome to the Program for Faculty Development and Diversity Inclusion’s
2013 VRIP and SCTRP Interns

This summer ten college students and six medical school students from across the United States are in Boston to receive 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). More ...

2013 SCTRP Students

Harvard Catalyst SCTRP Interns - 2013

Back Row: Kasopefoluwa Oguntuyo; Briaira Geiger; Georges Guillaume; Chevaz Thomas; Walker Keenan
From Row: Mira Patel; Deanna Palenzuela; Rosa Frias; Sonya Inderbitzin; Ebaa Al-Obeidi

Ebaa Al-Obeidi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mentor: Sean Megason, PhD; Ian Swinburne, PhD; Harvard Medical School – Systems Biology

Rosa Frias, Mount Holyoke College
Mentors: Gabriel Kreiman, PhD*; Boston Children’s Hospital

Briaira Geiger, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Mentors: George King, MD**; Sonia Hernandez, PhD*; Joslin Diabetes Center

Georges Guillaume, Winston-Salem State University
Mentor: Francisco Quintana, PhD*; Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Sonya Inderbitzin, Delaware State University
Mentors: Souvenir Tachado, MD**; Mark Bernard, PhD; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Walker Keenan, College of William and Mary
Mentor: Alexander Lin, PhD**; Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Kasopefoluwa Oguntuyo, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Mentor: Michael Super, PhD* and Julia Berthet*; Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

Deanna Palenzuela, Yale University
Mentors: Charles Nelson, PhD**; Laura Edwards; Boston Children’s Hospital

Mira Patel, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Mentor: Suzanne Walker, PhD**; Tim Meredith, PhD; Harvard Medical School

Chevaz Thomas, Morehouse College
Mentor: Joanna Yeh, PhD* ; Taneli Helenius, PhD; Massachusetts General Hospital

* indicates returning mentor
** indicates multi-year mentor




The Program for Faculty Development and Diversity Inclusion seeks to emphasize the recruitment and retention of a diverse Clinical Translational Workforce as a top priority throughout Harvard Catalyst in governance, programming, training and resource allocation.




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