Program Length: 8 weeks

Location: NIH campus (MA, MT, AZ, NC, and MD)

Admissions Requirement: 
• 17+ years old by mid June
• U.S. citizens or permanent residents
• live, at the time of application, within 40 miles of the NIH campus (doesn’t apply to those that are 18)

Admissions Deadline: mid November – February 1

Highlight: Are you a high school student who is interested in science? Are you looking to pursue a major in biomedical sciences and want hands-on experience? Well, then the NIH HS-SIP biomedical program is the perfect opportunity for you. This biomedical program is open to juniors and seniors in highschool and is completely free. Through this biomedical program, students spend the summer working at the NIH (National Institute of Health) side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. To be eligible for this STEM biomedical program, you must be a US citizen, 17+ years old by mid-June of the summer you are applying for, and live, at the time of application, within 40 miles of the NIH campus (doesn’t apply to those that are 18). This biomedical program lasts 8 weeks and applications are open from mid November and early February. To apply to this biomedical program you must provide a resume, a list of coursework and grades (note that a transcriptis not necessary at this time), a cover letter describing your research interests and career goals, and the names and contact information for two references. For more specific questions you can look at their FAQs page. The coolest thing about this biomedical program is that students who participate receive a stipend. Note that the stipends for trainees are adjusted yearly; the level depends on education completed prior to starting at the NIH. For details, see the Trainee Stipends page. While researching this resource we felt that it could be confusing keeping straight on the multiple programs the NIH offers so here’s a table  they provide that better organizes all the information in a simple manner. So if you’re thinking you might want to grow your plan in the biomedical field, then this is likely a great opportunity to explore. Let the research begin!

Cost: free! 

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