The Summer Training in Academic Research and Scholarship is a unique summer research opportunity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) for underrepresented minority students with a strong interest in pursuing advanced graduate and medical education and training. During the 8 weeks of the program, students engage in basic science or translational research projects under the supervision of Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s and Harvard Medical School’s top researchers. Students are assigned a faculty mentor who will work closely with the student to ensure completion of a project over the 8-week summer period. Students submit an abstract of their summer research and share their research findings during a final research presentation day.

In addition to the 8 week research experience, BWH STARS Program also includes:

  • Clinical shadowing experiences with BWH faculty
  • Weekly Circle Up discussion groups
  • Professional Development workshops on topics such as Professionalism, Presentation Interviewing, and Medical School Admissions
  • Reflections Career Series with faculty and administrators in the healthcare field
  • Social Networking Events such as dinners with program staff and faculty, and the Boston Duck Tour



The BWH STARS Program, through the help of its sponsors, provides students with all the essentials so that they can thrive while in Boston.

STARS provides students with:

  • Transportation to and from Boston
  • Housing for the 8-week period
  • Living stipend for food and other expenses
  • Select program meals
  • Access to cultural, educational and career development activities


“I really like how close the program coordinators are with each STARS student. They really make you feel comfortable- as if you’re at home away from home- and that’s the type of experience summer programs should provide… you establish connections and make friends for a lifetime.”