About Us

The Student Research Institute by the Harvard Undergraduate OpenBio Laboratory, also referred to as the SRI, is Harvard’s flagship initiative to increase access to research for high school students in the natural sciences.

SRI aims to democratize access to research for students across the world, enabling them to access knowledge surrounding high-impact research and make tangible contributions to scientific fields. We strongly believe that science is a discipline defined by the diversity of members within the community, which is why SRI will be completely free for students that are chosen to attend!

We invite students from across the world to apply for an opportunity to immerse themselves in scientific research.

 

Program Info

 

Students selected for SRI will be paired with a PhD faculty mentor in a field of their interest, where they will work alongside them to conduct an original research project in a specific area. Students will have the opportunity to hone their skills in research and contribute to a full research paper alongside their mentor. At the culmination of the program, students will have the opportunity to present their projects to esteemed Harvard students and faculty to sharpen their ability to present and communicate scientific research.

Following the program, SRI staff will work with attendees to publish their research in The Harvard Undergraduate Research Journal to showcase the work conducted over the summer! Students selected for SRI will be paired with a PhD faculty mentor or PhD student in a field of their interest, where they will work alongside them to conduct an original research project in a specific area.

SRI is completely free of charge for accepted students. In addition, the top 10 students from the virtual symposium will be will be flown to Harvard for a final, in-person event. This symposium includes experiments in Harvard's labs, lectures from faculty, and networking with Harvard's academic community, with all expenses covered.

 

Application Process

In order to fund operational costs, there is a nominal $20 application fee for students interested in Harvard’s first-ever research opportunity geared towards high school students. If you are interested, please fill out the form below to get an email update when our application opens!

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