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Summer Program in Computational Biology


Program Objectives

High school students who reside in the Boston/Cambridge area are encouraged to apply to spend the summer of 2009 doing research in the Computational Biophysics Group, where they will:


  • Explore their interests in biology, chemistry, and computer science by carrying out a research project that integrates these fields
  • Be exposed to a college research environment, and learn about opportunities to pursue research in college
  • Learn more about a career in scientific research


Program Description

Each student will have the opportunity to undertake an independent research project.  By working closely with Dr. Stultz and other members of the group, each student will learn how to apply computational methods to better understand protein structure.  In addition, students will learn basic experimental techniques.  Each student’s course of study will be tailored to that student’s interests.

Students are expected to work full-time in the lab for eight weeks in the summer of 2009.  During this period, they will attend weekly group meetings in which they will learn about the research being done by other members of the lab.  To culminate the internship, each student will give a 30 minute presentation on their work to the rest of the group.

There is no fee to participate in the program.


Application requirements

Applications will be accepted from high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with an interest in learning about how we can use computational and experimental studies to investigate protein structure.  In particular, underrepresented minorities and students from disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Room and board are not provided, so applicants should live in the Boston/Cambridge area and be able to commute to the lab (which is located near the Kendall Square T-stop). 

Applicants should have demonstrated a passion for science by taking the most challenging science courses available to them, but previous research experience is not required.   (We will teach you everything you need to know to work on your own independent project!)


How to apply

To apply to work in the Stultz Lab during the summer of 2009, please send the following items to by April 31, 2009:


  • Resume, including any available standardized test scores and classes taken in high school
  • Contact information (phone number and e-mail address) of a teacher who is familiar with your coursework in the sciences and can be contacted for a recommendation
  • A brief statement (~500 words) about why you want to work in the Computational Biophysics Group at MIT this summer


We will review each application soon after receiving it, and selected students will be invited to meet with Dr. Stultz to learn more about the program.  Because students will be invited to participate in the program on a rolling basis, it is beneficial to apply early. For more information, or if you have any questions, please e-mail us at  We look forward to hearing from you!

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