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Broad Summer Scholars Program

The BSSP application for Summer 2019 is now open.

The Broad Summer Scholars Program (BSSP) invites highly motivated high school students with a strong interest in science to spend six weeks at the Broad Institute. We match students with Broad scientists to conduct original, cutting-edge research projects in areas such as: cancer biology, psychiatric disease, chemical biology, computational biology, infectious disease, and more. In addition to original research, students will get to explore scientific careers; attend interesting scientific talks, including the Midsummer Nights' Science public lecture series; present their research to the Broad community in a scientific poster session; attend a college fair; participate in fun social events; and meet other students who share similar interests.


ADDITIONAL PROGRAM BENEFITS

  • No cost to apply or attend
  • Partial reimbursement for transportation costs
  • Access to an on-staff tutor to review scientific concepts related to student projects
  • Trainings focused on creating scientific posters and best practices for presenting
  • Exposure to both computational and experimental techniques
  • Social and team-building activities
  • $11/hr compensation available for students who demonstrate financial need


ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to apply to BSSP, applicants must:

  • Be a rising senior in high school (i.e. students can apply their junior year)
  • Attend a high school in the greater Boston area
  • Have earned a B or better in science and math classes
  • Demonstrate excitement for science!​ No previous research experience is required.

We especially encourage applications from students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Underrepresented in the sciences—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.
  2. Underserved, as indicated by qualifying for free or reduced lunch.
  3. Could be the first person in their family to attend college.
  4. Demonstrate a commitment to issues of diversity through extracurricular and/or community activities. By diversity we mean efforts to reduce social, educational, or economic disparities in the United States. 


IMPORTANT DATES

Application deadline: January 25, 2019
Acceptance notifications: Late March
Program dates: June 24-August 2, 2019

 

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

This year, students who apply to BSSP will also have the option to have their application be considered for a new April vacation week program called Broadie for a Week.
 

 
For more information about the Broad Summer Scholars Program, please visit our FAQ page or contact:


Rachel Gesserman
rgesser@broadinstitute.org

 

2018 Student research highlights:

Amidat
Alexandra
Milton High School
Milton, MA
Ian
Ian
Boston Latin School
Boston, MA
Jose
Jose
The Cambridge School of Weston
Weston, MA
Kailash
Kailash
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
Cambridge, MA
Katherine
Katherine
Lexington High School
Lexington, MA
Lev
Lev
Noble and Greenough School
Dedham, MA
 
 
Lila
Lila
Dover-Sherborn High School
Dover, MA
Mikaela
Mikaela
Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical Vocational School
Taunton, MA
Nia
Nia
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
Cambridge, MA
Prachee
Prachee
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
Cambridge, MA
Sreshtaa
Sreshtaa
Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science
Worcester, MA
Yuen Ting
Yuen Ting
Brookline High School
Brookline, MA