Frequently Asked Questions about SRPG

When does the SRPG program begin and end?
The 2016 SRPG program begins on Sunday, June 5 and ends on Friday, August 5.

What is the Broad Institute?
The Broad is a leading institute 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 biomedicine.

What is SRPG?
The SRPG program offers students with a commitment to research an opportunity to pursue genomics-based research, a dynamic field that is transforming our understanding of and search for new treatments of disease.

SRPG is administered by the Broad Diversity Initiative and funded by the National Human Genome Research Initiative. The program is designed to help increase diversity in the sciences. Students from groups that are underrepresented in the sciences are encouraged to apply. These groups include American Indians or Alaska Natives, blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders, as well as individuals with disabilities.

What distinguishes SRPG from other summer research programs?
In addition to original, cutting-edge research projects, SRPG features a highly supportive career development component, a focus on scientific communication, and an emphasis on collaborative approaches to learning and scientific discovery. SRPG also features sessions on topics that address diversity and inclusion in the sciences.

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 10-15 percent of their time in the program outside the lab.

Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants must:

  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above (on a 4.0 scale)
  • have a strong interest in pursuing graduate school
  • be enrolled in a four-year college for Fall 2016, with a graduation date of December 2016 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. Our staff will happily 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?
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 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 2016 is Monday, February 1, 2016.

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

  • an online application form with short essays
  • a resume in PDF form
  • unofficial transcripts in PDF form from current and previously attended undergraduate institutions
  • two letters of recommendation

When will students be notified about being admitted? 
Applicants will be notified by email as decisions are made. All decisions will be made by mid- to late-March.