Frequently Asked Questions about SRPG

What distinguishes SRPG from other summer research programs?
The Broad’s SRPG program offers students an opportunity to pursue research at a leading institute for genomic science, a dynamic field that is transforming our understanding and search for new treatments of disease. An innovative research collaboration, the Broad brings together faculty and scientists from Harvard, MIT and Boston’s leading hospitals.

Our program features a structured and highly supportive career development component, a focus on scientific communication, and an emphasis on collaborative approaches to learning and scientific discovery.

Do students have responsibilities outside of the research experience?
Yes. Students are expected to fully engage in program activities as well as SRPG’s curriculum outside the lab. This includes weekly career development workshops and a scientific communication course, as well as faculty-led seminars, GRE prep workshops and social activities planned by the Diversity Initiative staff. At the conclusion of the program, students will present their research in oral and poster presentations.

Where can students find information about previous SRPG projects and potential research areas at the Broad?
Information about former participants and their projects is available on the SRPG site. Click on the profiles of individual students from the most recent year of the program, or on the links for previous years. Information about Broad research programs can be found on the institute’s Programs page.

How are research projects assigned?
Research projects are assigned based on the research interests, skill sets, and level of experience of each student. Students will have the opportunity to describe their specific scientific interests and goals in the SRPG application.

Who is eligible to apply?
SRPG is funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), and is designed to support undergraduates from minority groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research: American Indians or Alaska Natives, blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders, as well as individuals with disabilities. Applicants to the program must belong to one of the above underrepresented groups. Applicants also must be enrolled in a four-year college with a graduation date of December 2014 or later; be a US citizen or permanent resident; be majoring in the physical, biological, or computer sciences, engineering or mathematics; have an interest in pursuing graduate school; and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale).

Is prior research experience required?
No previous research experience is required for admission to SRPG.

When does the program begin and end?
The 2014 SRPG program begins on June 8 and ends on August 8.

Is housing provided for students?
Yes. Housing accommodations are provided at no cost. All participants are expected to live in pre-arranged housing.

Do students receive compensation?
Yes. Students receive a stipend of $4,250.00. In addition, the Broad covers the cost of round-trip airfare to and from Cambridge as well as housing.

When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for our SRPG 2014 cohort has now passed.

If you wish to receive a notification of the 2015 application availability, please complete the SRPG Inquiry Form and we will add you to our mailing list.

How do I apply to the program?
Students may apply to SRPG through the online applicationApplicants must complete the online portion of the application in one session.

The session asks students to:

  • complete a personal information form
  • upload a resume
  • upload unofficial transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate institutions
  • submit an essay describing any previous research experience
  • submit an essay describing educational objectives

Two letters of recommendation are also required for the application. Letters must be uploaded by the recommender using the Submit a Recommendation form at

When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for SRPG 2014 is January 31, 2014. If you would like to receive notification when the application comes online, please complete the SRPG Inquiry Form and we will add you to our mailing list.

How will students know if they’ve been accepted into the program?
Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by email as decisions are made. All decisions will be made by the end of March.