Frequently Asked Questions about BSRP

When does the BSRP program begin and end?
The 2019 BSRP program begins on Monday, June 3 and ends on Friday, August 2.


What is the Broad Institute?
The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard is a leading center for genomic science located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An innovative and intensely collaborative nonprofit institute, the Broad brings together faculty and scientists from Harvard, MIT, and Boston's leading hospitals to tackle ambitious problems in biomedical sciences.


What is BSRP?
The Broad Summer Research Program (BSRP) program is an intensive nine-week summer program offering students an opportunity to pursue genomics-based research -- a dynamic field that is transforming how we understand and search for new treatments of disease. BSRP is designed for undergraduates with a commitment to biomedical research and an interest in genomics.

BSRP is run by the Diversity, Education and Outreach office, whose mission is to help increase diversity in the biomedical research field. BSRP is open to students with a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the sciences. Students from groups that are underrepresented in the sciences are especially encouraged to apply. These groups include American Indians/Alaska Natives, Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/ Latinos, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, as well as individuals with disabilities.


How is BSRP different from other summer research programs?
In addition to offering original, cutting-edge research projects, BSRP features a highly supportive career development component, a rigorous scientific communication curriculum, and an emphasis on collaborative approaches to learning and scientific discovery. BSRP also features sessions on topics that address diversity and inclusion in the sciences.


What responsibilities do students have outside of the lab?
In addition to conducting research, students participate in an intensive weekly scientific communication course and a structured curriculum focused on career development. Our career development component includes weekly faculty seminars, GRE prep workshops, and 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 10-15 percent of their time in the program outside of lab.


Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants 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 2019, with a graduation date of December 2019 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 BSRP.


Do students receive compensation?
Yes. Students receive a stipend of $4,250.00. The Broad also covers the cost of housing, round-trip airfare to Boston, sponsorship to present Broad research at conferences, and some meals that coincide with breakfast or dinnertime sessions.


My school is on a quarter-based system and will not end until after the start of BSRP. Can I join the program late?
BSRP staff can proctor exams for any student with scheduling conflicts.  Because of the importance of orientation activities, we do not allow students to arrive late.


I have to be away during some period of the summer. Can I still participate?
While a number of weekends are free, some BSRP activities do take place on weekends. Students are expected to be here during the week and on weekends when BSRP activities are scheduled. Upon submitting your application, please discuss any scheduling conflicts with our staff.


How are research projects assigned?
Research projects are assigned 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 BSRP application.


Where can students find information about previous BSRP projects?
Profiles of former participants and their research projects are available on the BSRP site. Information about Broad research programs can be found on the institute's scientific areas page.


When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for BSRP is January 14, 2019.


What is required for the application?
A complete BSRP application will include:

  • an online application 
  • Resume or C.V.
  • Unofficial transcripts from current and previously attended undergraduate institutions combined into one .pdf document
  • two letters of recommendation


When will students be notified about selections?
Applicants will be notified by email as decisions are made. All decisions will be made by mid-March.