Research Training Experience

The Rudy L. Ruggles Biomedical Research Institute offers a two-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.

Thank you for your interest in our program. The application deadline for the 2019 session is now closed. Please check back in December for the 2020 summer session dates and application.

The Western Connecticut Health Network Research Program at The Rudy L. Ruggles 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 two week period, students will be required to spend five days a week at the Biomedical Research Institute performing hands-on activities under the guidance of a mentor.  A typical day will run from 9:00am-3:00pm. 

  • 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 2019 (class of 2019 or 2020 only) AND must be a minimum of 16 years old on June 1, 2019. 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 two week sessions listed below, five days per week (Monday-Friday).
  • 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             Monday  June 3rd through Friday June 14th

Session 2             Monday  June 17th  through Friday June 28th

Session 3             Monday  July 8th  through Friday July 19th

Session 4             Monday July 22nd through Friday August 2nd

Session 5             Monday August 5th through Friday August 16th

If you meet the eligibility requirements above and wish to apply, complete and submit the WCHN Research Experience application by the March 4, 2019 deadline.

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

1. Application document completed and submitted by March 4, 2019.

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.  Acceptance notifications will be sent out by mid-April 2019.

Click here to download the application*

*Completed applications should be submitted to