The Summers of Discovery program at the NIEHS is part of the National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (NIH SIP) (http://www.training.nih.gov/). The NIEHS is located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (http://www.rtp.org/). Scientists at the NIEHS are committed to sharing with students and educators the intensity, excitement, sense of discipline, and tremendous satisfaction that careers in science can impart to those who pursue them.
The Summers of Discovery program provides internships to outstanding high school, undergraduate, and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical/biological sciences to work on a research project that entails exposure to the latest biochemical, molecular, and analytical techniques in a given field. Participants are selected by scientific mentors from the NIEHS Division of Intramural Research.
The research mentoring experience is supplemented by a series of seminars and workshops featuring some of the Institute’s leading researchers and staff that provide participants with a good overview of environmental health sciences. There is also a poster session at the end of the summer (usually the last Wednesday of July) where participants display the results of their research efforts and respond to questions as they would when participating in a national scientific meeting.
Scientific disciplines encompassed by the program include:
Participants are expected to work a minimum of 8 continuous weeks, full-time between May and September. The specific time frame of the research internship is decided between the participant and the research mentor dependent upon their mutual summer schedules. It is preferred whenever possible that interns work the months of June and July including the last week of July to participate in the poster session.
Coordinator, Summers of Discovery and Special Programs