Visiting Research Internship Program VRIP 2020
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Program for Medical Students: Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP)


Harvard Catalyst |  Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center

The 2021 VRIP application process is now open.

Please see our flyer for more details. Click here to download flyer pdf

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The Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP) is an eight-week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich medical students' interest in research and health-related careers, particularly clinical/translational research careers.

In addition to a mentored clinical/translational research experience, VRIP students participate in weekly seminars with Harvard faculty focusing on topics such as research methodology, health disparities, ethics, and career paths. Participants also have the opportunity to participate in offerings of other Harvard Medical School programs such as career development seminars and networking dinners.


Five Questions with Chelsie Poindexter Five questions with our visiting medical student interns from around the U.S.

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Five Questions with David Sanchez

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Visiting Research Internship Program mentor Michael Super, PhD, discusses his research at the Wyss Institute and the role of mentorship in supporting the next generation of translational researchers

Visiting Research Internship Program Mentor Mike Super PhD | Harvard Catalyst

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Eligible participants are first and second year medical students, particularly individuals from groups underrepresented in medicine and/or disadvantaged individuals, in good standing from accredited U.S. medical schools. US Citizens or U.S. Noncitizen Nationals or Permanent Residents of U.S. are eligible to apply.

Program Details and How to Apply

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2020 VRIP Student Interns | June 24 – July 24, 2020

Ayushi Aggarwal, MPH
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Mentor: Adriana Panayi, M.B., Ch.B., Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Jaquantey Bowens, MS
Indiana University School of Medicine
Mentor: Guillermo Garcia-Cardena, Ph.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Baillee Cooper, MS
Tufts University School of Medicine
Mentor: Bo Zhang, Ph.D., Boston Children’s Hospital

Chelsie Poindexter, MS
Meharry Medical College
Mentor: Josh Joseph, M.D., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Victoria Sanchez
Indiana University School of Medicine
Mentor: Alexander Lin, Ph.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Michelle Kobou Wafo
Albany Medical College
Mentor: Sylvia Rosas, M.D., Joslin Diabetes Center