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Summer Student Scholars Program

Baystate Medical Center, the Western Campus of Tufts University School of Medicine, offers a mentored research program for eligible college students who are exploring the potential of a career in clinical research. Find out who is eligible and how to apply. The 2015 Summer Scholars Application is closed; decision letters were mailed the week of March 9 to applicants.

The 10‑week summer program offers you the opportunity to participate a research project from start to finish, and present project outcomes to Baystate's scientific community.  Formal classroom training and personalized application in research design, implementation, and publication make this summer experience an outstanding opportunity for students considering a career in biomedical research. Take a look at some recent student projects.

Your Research Project is Designed for You

As a Summer Student Scholar, you will participate in the conduct of medical research that is part of a larger project.  Your experience will be under the direct mentorship of a full-time faculty member of Tufts University School of Medicine.  

Under your mentor’s guidance you will deliver two oral presentations: your project’s hypothesis and specific aims midway through the program; and your research results at the program’s conclusion.  Presentations are held before Baystate Medical Center Summer Student Scholars, mentors, faculty and staff.

You may also participate in lectures on the basics of research and in seminars where practicing investigators share their own research experiences.  The many scientific lectures and clinical conferences offered throughout Baystate Medical Center are open to you as well.

Program Goals

The Baystate Summer Student Scholar program aims to introduce you to a career in clinical research by providing you with:

  • fundamentals of clinical research design and conduct
  • practical experience in one or more phases of clinical research
  • a synergistic environment where students can interact with one another to address research questions and promote independent, self-directed learning
  • opportunity to assist our clinical faculty in conducting research

2015 Program Dates and Time Commitment

  • Monday, June 1 – Friday, August 7, 2015
  • Students studying abroad for the spring semester must be able to begin on the program start date. Starting and end dates will not be modified.  
  • You must be available full time (a minimum 40 hours per week) during the dates of the program.


A stipend of $3,500 is awarded to Summer Student Scholars for the 10-week period.

Housing and Parking

Baystate Medical Center does not offer housing; parking is available at no charge.

Contact Information

Summer Student Scholars Program
280 Chestnut Street, 3rd Floor
Springfield MA, 01199

Program Administrator
Jane Sicard
Phone: 413.794.1117
Fax: 413.794.0300
Contact Us

Program Director
Alex Knee, Research Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Biostatistician, Baystate Medical Center