Summer Student Research

The Pediatric Newborn Medicine Summer Student Research Program provides undergraduate and graduate college students with eight weeks of intensive and fulfilling research and clinical experiences. Students will receive hands-on engagement in innovative research and practice methods with direct access to Brigham and Women's Hospital's state-of-the-art medical facilities. Our dedicated team of Neonatologists, Pediatricians, Researchers, and NICU Specialists offer one-on-one mentorship to students in a variety of topics within the field of Perinatal and Neonatal Medicine. Students will be appropriately matched to mentors based on their research interests and experience if any to ensure a rewarding and professionally stimulating experience. Space is limited therefore applicants are encouraged to apply early. Students are expected to be available throughout the entire duration of the program. Activities are typically scheduled Mondays through Fridays each week.

Course Directors

Sailaja Ghanta, MD, Neonatologist, Course Director

Katherine Bell, MD, Neonatologist, Course Director

Tanzeema Hossain, MBBS, Neonatologist, Director of Education

For general inquiries, please contact Tangela Kindell, Program Coordinator

Important Dates and Deadlines

Applications Open: January 7, 2019

Applications Close: February 15, 2019

Decisions Announced: March 15, 2019

Program Dates: June 4, 2019 – July 30, 2019

Application Information


The Pediatric Newborn Medicine Summer Student Research Program aims to admit highly motivated students with an interest in research and its applications to healthcare, academic medicine, and related fields. No prior research experience is required. All students must meet the following requirements:

  • Undergraduate or graduate college student (as of Fall 2019).
  • Proven interest in Research, Academic Medicine, and related fields.

How to Apply

  • Applications will be accepted from January 7, 2019 through February 15, 2019. All required Application Materials must be received by our Program Coordinator by February 15, 2019 at 5PM EST.
  • Submit the following application materials by the application deadline:
    • CV
    • A personal statement (one page maximum)
    • Unofficial university or medical school transcript
    • 1-2 references (name, e-mail, telephone number, and relationship to applicant)
      • Letter of Recommendation is not required

Please email Tangela Kindell, Program Coordinator, with all application materials by applications deadline.

Previous Research Projects

  • Impact of antioxidant juice intake on brain injury in growth restricted infants
  • Late Onset Oxygen Requirement Following Neonatal Therapeutic Hypothermia
  • Parenting Involvement and Barriers to Visitation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Nutritional Intake and Body Composition in Premature Infants
  • Neurodevelopment of Auditory Cortex in Preterm Infants
  • Human Milk Fortifier and Metabolic Acidosis

Reviews from former students:

“This program has allowed me to explore not only research, but also the specialty of neonatology at a deeper level. The opportunity to become the expert on a particular area of neonatal research is invaluable to me. I have learned extensively about topics I did not even know existed and contributed to the research that furthers them. “ – Class of 2018

“I loved being able to meet and work with physicians and researchers, and I learned so many new things through research and asking questions. I am also very grateful for this program because my mentor asked me to stay and work during the fall semester as well, so I am excited that I get to continue seeing our project through.” – Class of 2018

“It was a dream come true to be there. I loved the program and would recommend it to others. To meet the people that I did, shadow the doctors that I did, and do the research that I did made it a truly priceless experience.” – Class of 2017

“Before entering this program I didn’t really know which career path I wanted to pursue, but the experiences I have had and the people I met at the Brigham have inspired me to pursue a career in healthcare.” – Class of 2016


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