Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

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Exploring research as an undergraduate is a wonderful way to learn more about science and who science is done. It is also an outstanding way to see if a career in scientific research is a path you want to consider.

GSBS offers two organized opportunities for undergraduates to explore scientific research in a mentored setting where students are introduced to research in a positive and supportive environment and have the opportunity to interact with graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and faculty. Each of these programs is by application.

Building Diversity in Biomedical Science (BDBS) Summer Undergraduate Research

This program is a mentored, 10-week research intensive experience for undergraduates who are interested in pursuing PhD or MD/PhD training upon completion of the baccalaureate degree. Students receive housing and the cost of transportation to and from the Boston area at the start and conclusion of the program is also supported.

In addition to the research experience, students participate in career planning and career development activities during their time on our campus.


Pathway to the PhD (P2P)

This program is a three-week mentored, hands-on, research-intensive experience for undergraduates in their junior and sophomore years that runs during the January break and is open to University of Massachusetts-Boston undergraduates interested in careers in biomedical research. Designed  to provide students with their first biomedical research experience outside of lab classes, students gain exposure to a range of research areas such as microbiology, immunology, neuroscience, and cancer biology.

Students work with GSBS PhD students on their research and learn the basics of experimental design and experimental technique.