Program Overview

SHURP is a ten-week summer research program primarily for college students belonging to groups that are under-represented in the sciences. SHURP presently has over 600 alumni from colleges across the country, and over 90% are continuing or planning to continue training and careers in the sciences. SHURP is one of the summer research programs participating in the Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) of the Leadership Alliance, a consortium of over 30 colleges and universities dedicated to improving the participation of historically underrepresented students in graduate programs.
To be eligible for SHURP, applicants must:
  • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited public or private college or university in the United States or its territories, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Will not have completed their BA/BS degree by June 2023.
  • Be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Are strongly considering careers in biological or biomedical research sciences.
  • Have already had at least one summer (or equivalent term-time) of experience in a research laboratory.
  • Have taken at least one upper-level biology course that covers fundamental concepts in molecular biology.
  • Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents (due to requirements of our federal funding).

*SHURP 2023 will be 10 weeks tentatively from May 31st to August 3rd.

*Due to the academic schedule of those students on the quarter system, dates may be modified for those students.

We are excited to announce a new MD-PhD track within the SHURP program: Harvard/MIT Equitable Access to Research Training MD-PhD Summer Program (HEART). For more information about how to apply to HEART, please visit this website: Harvard/MIT MDPhD Program