TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION
HSCI Interns, 2005–2017
INTERNATIONAL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES REPRESENTED
U.S. COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES REPRESENTED
ALUMNI HAVE PURSUED ADVANCED DEGREES*
ALUMNI REPORTED CONTINUED INTEREST IN STEM CELL RESEARCH*
ALUMNI HAVE BEEN AN AUTHOR ON A PUBLISHED PAPER FROM THEIR INTERNSHIP*
*Data collected from 2016
FUTURE PIONEERS OF STEM CELL SCIENCE
I am grateful to the program mentors and benefactors who have made the internship program possible and sparked my career as a stem cell biologist.”
— Arun Sharma, PhD
As college students learn about cutting-edge biology topics in their courses, they often look beyond the classroom to find ways to explore actively and contribute to the field.
However, opportunities to participate in laboratory research may be limited at small liberal arts colleges or even in large international universities.
Every summer since 2005, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) has welcomed undergraduate students from around the globe to conduct research in the world-class stem cell science laboratories of Cambridge and Boston.
HSCI inspires students to pursue careers in stem cell science by training them in the technical skills they will need and connecting them with a diverse network of scientists.
HANDS-ON LEARNING, MENTORSHIP, AND COMMUNICATION
During the ten-week internship, students take on laboratory research projects under the mentorship of HSCI faculty members. Additionally, students complete a course on the principles of stem cell biology, attend research seminars that highlight the breadth of HSCI research topics, and participate in a professional development session to learn about scientific career options.
The internship culminates in a symposium where students share their project findings with the research community, developing the communication skills that are key to scientific collaboration. Many students go on to publish their results in scientific journals, further broadening the impact of their work.
PLANNING FOR COLLABORATION
HSCI’s internship program plants the seeds for future collaborations. Because interns come from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds around the world, each of them contributes a unique perspective that benefits both the program and the broader HSCI community. Students build relationships with HSCI researchers—and, more importantly, with each other—enriching and growing our network of future scientific leaders.
The internship program has a lasting impact on alumni as they continue their careers. “It is thanks to my wonderful HSCI experience that I decided to pursue a PhD in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Stanford University,” says Arun Sharma, PhD. As an undergraduate student from Duke University, Sharma completed his 2011 internship in the Beth Israel Deaconess laboratory of Anthony Rosenzweig, MD.
Sharma is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Harvard Medical School laboratory of Christine Seidman, MD, an HSCI Affiliate Faculty member. He studies heart muscle cells that are derived from human stem cells—the same research area of focus for his original HSCI internship project.
“I am grateful to the program mentors and benefactors who have made the internship program possible and sparked my career as a stem cell biologist.”