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Harvard/Stanford/Utah Pre-Med Research Program


Harvard, Stanford, or the University of Utah

Time Frame of Internship:
2020 Spring/Summer term. Please negotiate with provider.

This program is a summer research internship at elite medical institutions for BYU premed students. Interns work as research assistants to participating medical faculty from Harvard, Stanford, and Utah. Research opportunities include basic science, clinical research, health policy, disparities, and health outcomes research, depending on the focus of the supporting faculty member. Students will help with projects at various levels, including project conception, grant writing, data collection, analysis, presentation, and writing. Mentors come from diverse medical specialties, including endocrinology, anesthesia, surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, genetics, oncology, pulmonology and more. Students participate in weekly journal club meetings with fellow interns and BYU alumni with focus on preparing for a career in medicine. Simmons Center fellow research must have a cancer emphasis.

Fellows receive a stipend of up to $8000 for 10-15 weeks of full time research in spring and/or summer (40 hours a week). Amount will vary based on length of fellowship.

  • Must fill out weekly spreadsheet/log to update SCCR on progress.
  • All fellows will submit a 10 minute video presentation the last week of the fellowship.
  • Each fall the SCCR hosts a Donor Appreciation dinner. If invited, you will need to attend and be prepared to present your research. The SCCR will print your poster for you and cover the expense.
  • Each spring the SCCR and Cougs Vs Cancer Club host the Rex Lee Run. We ask fellows to volunteer at that event.
  • As this is an entry-level position, no prior degree or experience is required. However, some prior lab experience is strongly preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and any imaging software packages used to prepare figures for publication.

Applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis based on their merits and are selected by the participating faculty members. Prior research experience is helpful, but not required, as students will receive on-site training.

Follow this application process for Cancer Research Internship at Harvard/Stanford/Utah:

  • Resume/CV (1 page)-please be sure to include your GPA, major, & contact information.
  • Essay (1 page)
    • Why do you want to be a doctor? What makes you unique? How will this program help you? Why are you interested in cancer research?
  • 1 colored passport style photo
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Send all documents to
  • To be considered for Simmons Center funding, fill out THIS application.

Application Deadline:
December 31, 2019