Research Training Experience

Application Process for the 2018 summer program is now closed.

Please check back in December for the 2019 program.

The Biomedical Research Institute offers a 4-week (24 hours/week) research program designed to introduce students to a variety of protocols and techniques used in research.  The program provides an opportunity for students to work with a senior scientist in order to learn or improve technical skills and obtain a basic understanding of the biomedical research field.  The program emphasizes a hands on laboratory experience, where students spend a majority of their time learning research techniques, maintaining a research notebook and general laboratory upkeep.  Currently the program offers experience in pipetting accuracy, bacterial growth, protein lysis and quantitation, agarose gels, electrophoresis, western blot analysis, fluorescent microscopy, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent (ELISA) assays.  Based on student input and recommendations the program continues to evolve and expand in order to meet the ever changing direction of research.

The Western Connecticut Health Network Research Program at The Biomedical Research Institute is a summer research experience for high school students, college undergraduates, medical students and secondary school science teachers.  We offer a chance to “learn by doing” and work to broaden the students’ understanding of the research process and possible career paths by providing authentic experience working in an active research lab.

The goals of the program include increasing interest in biological sciences and medicine in students and educators, and helping students and educators understand how scientific research is performed.

Over a 4 week period, students will be required to spend 3 days a week at the Biomedical Research Institute performing hands-on activities under the guidance of a mentor.  Students will be eligible for a small stipend, if they complete the entire 4 week program.

  • High school students, college undergraduates, medical students and secondary school science teachers

    High School Applicants must currently be juniors or seniors in high school at the time of application in the spring of 2018 (class of 2018 or 2019 only) AND must be a minimum of 16 years old on January 1, 2018. Please note that students must meet BOTH class and age requirements.
  • Have an interest in the areas of science and technology.
  • Commit to one of the 4 week sessions listed below, 3 days per week (Tuesday-Thursday).
  • Complete the Volunteer Orientation Program at WCHN prior to the start of the Research session.
  • Students who have previously participated in the program are not eligible to reapply.

Session 1: Tuesday June 5th through Thursday June 28th

Session 2: Tuesday July 10th through Thursday August 2nd

If you meet the eligibility requirements above and wish to apply, complete and submit the WCHN Research Experience application by the February 28, 2018 deadline.

To be considered for the program, you must provide the following:

  1. Application document completed and submitted by February 28, 2018.
  2. Included on the application statement as to why you wish to participate in this program and your career goals.
  3. The names and contact information for two references.

Applicants will be notified by email to confirm application receipt and status update.

Click here to download the application*

*Completed applications should be submitted to