Frequently Asked Questions about SRPG


When does the SRPG program begin and end?
The 2015 SRPG program begins on Monday, June 8 and ends on Friday, August 7.


What is the Broad Institute and how does it support training and research?
An innovative research collaboration, the Broad is a leading institute for genomic science that brings together faculty and scientists from Harvard, MIT and Boston’s leading hospitals. The SRPG program, administered by the Broad Diversity Initiative, offers students from designated underrepresented groups an opportunity to pursue genomics-based research, a dynamic field that is transforming our understanding of and search for new treatments of disease.


What distinguishes SRPG from other summer research programs?
Our program features original, cutting-edge research projects, a highly supportive career development component, a focus on scientific communication, and an emphasis on collaborative approaches to learning and scientific discovery.


What responsibilities do students have outside of the research lab?
In addition to conducting research, students participate in an intensive weekly scientific communication course and a structured curriculum focused on career development. This includes weekly faculty seminars, GRE prep workshops, and a series of sessions on the graduate school application process. It also includes team-building and social activities organized by the Diversity Initiative staff. On average, students will spend about 10 percent of their time in the program outside the lab.


Who is eligible to apply?
Funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), SRPG is designed to support undergraduates from racial and ethnic 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 also must:

  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above (on a 4.0 scale)
  • have a strong interest in pursuing graduate school
  • be enrolled in a four-year college for Fall 2015, with a graduation date of December 2015 or later
  • be majoring in the physical, biological, or computer sciences, engineering or mathematics
  • be a US citizen or permanent resident


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


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 Boston, and some meals during morning, lunch or evening sessions.


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


My school semester does not end until after the start date of the program. Can I join the program late?
Because of the importance of early orientation activities, we do not allow students to arrive late. However, we can make accommodations to proctor exams for students whose exams are scheduled to occur after the program start date.


I have to be away during some period of the summer. Can I still participate?
While a number of weekends are free, there are SRPG activities that take place on some weekends. Students are expected to be here for weekdays and on the weekends when SRPG activities are scheduled. Prior to submitting your application, please discuss any need for very short absences with our staff.


How are research projects assigned?
Our goal is to place students in labs based on areas of mutual interest. Research projects are designed based on the scientific interests, skill sets, and level of experience of each student. Students will have the opportunity to describe their research interests and goals in the SRPG application. 


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.


When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for SRPG 2015 is Monday, February 2, 2015.

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


How do I apply to the program?
Students can apply to SRPG through the online application. Applicants must complete the online portion of the application in one session.
The session asks students to:

  • complete an online application
  • upload a resume
  • upload unofficial transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate institutions
  • submit an essay describing any previous research experience
  • submit responses to questions about your educational and career goals and your interest in the Broad

Two letters of recommendation are also required for the application. Letters must be uploaded by the recommender using the “Submit a Recommendation” form at http://broad.io/srpgrec.


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.