Summer Student Research

The Pediatric Newborn Medicine Summer Student Research Program provides undergraduate and medical 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.

Course Directors

Sailaja Ghanta, MD, Attending Neonatologist, Course Director

Katherine Bell, MD, Neonatologist, Course Director

Tanzeema Hossain, MBBS, Director of Education

For general inquiries, please contact Tangela Kindell, Program Coordinator

Important Dates and Deadlines

Applications Open:  February 1, 2018

Applications Close:  March 2, 2018

Decisions Announced:  March 29, 2018

Program Dates:  June 5, 2018 – July 31, 2018

Application Information


The Pediatric Newborn Medicine Summer Student Research Program aims to admit highly motivated students with an interest and background in Healthcare, Academic Medicine, and related fields.  All students must meet the following requirements:

  • Undergraduate college student, graduate student, or medical student (as of Fall 2018).
  • Proven interest in Healthcare, Academic Medicine, and related fields.
  • Demonstrate aptitude in biology, mathematics, and physical sciences.

How to Apply

  • Applications will be accepted from February 1, 2018 through March 2, 2018.  All required Application Materials must be received by our Program Coordinator by March 2, 2018 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)

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

Previous Research Projects

  • Trends in Donor Milk Use for Healthy Infants
  • Parenting Involvement and Barriers to Visitation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Impact of antioxidant juice intake on brain injury in growth restricted infants
  • Metabolic Acidosis in Preterm Infants
  • Neurodevelopment of Auditory Cortex in Preterm Infants
  • How Body Composition Affects Brain Development in Preterm Infants
  • Cost-effective analysis of cEEG monitoring versus a Combination of cEEG and aEEG Monitoring for HIE Infants undergoing Therapeutic Hypothermia
  • Tracheal Aspirate Microbiome as a Biomarker for NEC Risk

Reviews from former students:

“My favorite aspect about the summer student program was creating professional relationships with experts in my field of interest. I appreciated how the research team is made up of individuals of different trainings—psychologists, auditory engineers, nutritionists, and neonatologists—who all collaborate daily. I loved seeing how having many individuals from different fields creates incredible results, because each person bears a unique skill set and perspective.” – Shannon Malloy, Class of 2017

“The summer student program is a challenging experience in research in the medical field. It taught me how to adapt my knowledge and skills from college into this program.” – Abigail Heleba, Class of 2016

“It was a dream come true to be there. I loved the program and would definitely 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.” – Jordan Marsh, Class of 2017

“I feel nothing but appreciation and gratitude for each staff member there who has shown me such generosity with their time, compassion for the tiny patients they care for, and a love for learning that they so clearly want to continue spreading to others.” – Cayley Brenk, 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.” – Monica Tynan, Class of 2016


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