Volunteer Opportunities

HMRI’s 2020 Student Summer Program begins on June 15th!

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HMRI provides a volunteer program during the summer for students interested in careers in biomedical research. This program is only open to current undergraduate and graduate students. Several HMRI alumni have gone on to be chairs of medical school departments and medical research institutes.

Class of 2020 students:

Neurosciences Research
Elizabeth Klusman
University of Pittsburgh
Major: Molecular Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology
Minor: Chemistry

Vincent Leong
University of California, Los Angeles
Major: Biochemistry

Cardiovascular Research
Sidhant (Sid) Umbrajkar
University of California, Los Angeles
Major: Biology

The purpose of the program is to provide students with an educational, hands-on experience that will give them insight regarding how a research laboratory or program runs. This may include developing technical skills to participate and contribute to the generation of scientific data. This will allow students to better understand the scientific process.

During the 8-week period, students will be given safety training before being assigned a specific project by one of HMRI’s research investigators. At the end of the program, each student is expected to give a brief eight-minute presentation of their experience and research projects.


Program Requirements:

  1. Applicants MUST be current undergraduate/graduate students enrolled in an academic program.
  2. Applicants MUST be over 18 years of age.
  3. If accepted into the program, students are required to attend and participate in the 8-week program which meets Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm in Pasadena, CA from June 15 to August 7.

Online Application Requirements:

  1. Applicant contact information
  2. Current school information
  3. Cover letter (upload)
  4. Resume (upload)
  5. List of three (3) references (upload)
  6. Two (2) reference letters (upload)
    1. If your prof/employer prefers to submit the letter directly to HMRI they can do so by emailing it to HR@HMRI.ORG. In the meantime, upload a word or pdf document stating that they will be submitting the letter directly to HMRI. The application system will not allow you to submit your application unless a file is uploaded.
  7. Copy of college/university acceptance letter (upload)
  8. Copy of most recent school transcript (upload)


To learn about future student program opportunities, click here.