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Summer Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Summer Training as Research Scholars Program (STaRS) is designed to promote access to graduate education for talented undergraduates from minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences:  African-American, Hispanic,  Native American/Native Alaskan, and Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian.  STaRS is a grant funded program through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH and is run by Boston University’s Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, a recognized leader in graduate education and biomedical research.

STaRS is a dynamic and focused program that is designed specifically for the enhancement of skills required for successful entrance and completion of a graduate program or an MD/PhD program in the biomedical sciences. STaRS offers motivated and academically talented students a valuable opportunity to confirm a strong interest in doctoral studies particularly in the areas of heart, lung and blood research.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at Boston University is designed to promote access to graduate education for talented undergraduate students, especially those from minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences – African-American, Hispanic, Native American/Native Alaskan, and Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian/Polynesian – or persons living with disabilities. The SURF Program is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF-REU), the Department of Defense (ASSURE), and Boston University.

The SURF Program is open to non-BU students who are rising juniors or rising seniors, and wish to conduct research in the sciences or technology. The program consists of ten weeks of full-time research in a Boston University lab, mentored by a BU faculty member. On-campus housing, a stipend, weekly enrichment activities, social events, and an October weekend trip to present findings at the Boston University Undergraduate Research Symposium are also included. 

Medical Student Programs

The Summer Institute of Geriatric Medicine  is a week long conference providing medical students who are entering their 3rd or 4th year of medical school with an opportunity to gain exposure to academia and research in geriatric medicine. Activities include lectures, seminars, and case discussions as well as site visits to research and clinical programs. Faculty members will include nationally recognized academic geriatricians and other individuals pursuing research in geriatrics and gerontology. The goal of the Summer Institute is to stimulate interest in pursuing careers in academic geriatric medicine and geriatric research.

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