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Labs in our department regularly host current undergraduate students interested in research internships. Would you like to learn more about opportunities to work in our department? Check out the FAQ below!


Why should I join the BMB department?

UMass Chan is a hub of biomedical research and innovation nestled in central Massachusetts. The environment here is supportive, collaborative and progressive. In particular, the BMB department is a collegial work environment where new ideas can thrive. BMB also provides various resources including six different research cores. Together, these qualities make the BMB department a truly special place to do scientific research.

What kinds of students are a good fit for the BMB department?

Our best students are those who share our passion for understanding the fundamental mechanisms of life. A strong work-ethic, positive attitude and healthy dose of curiosity are common qualities amongst those in our department. Students with backgrounds in math, computer science, physics and chemistry are especially encouraged to contact us. Per our Culture Statement, members of our department are welcoming to others and believe in the importance of a diverse scientific workforce.

What pathways can I take to get involved in research in the BMB department?

Students can directly contact faculty with whom they are interested in working. It is strongly recommended that students share their resume and a cover letter clearly stating their interest in the research being done in that lab when they contact faculty members. Here is a list of faculty members in BMB who are interested in accepting undergraduate students into their labs (last updated 01/2024):

Dr. Sean Ryder

Dr. Daniel Bolon

Dr. Steve Miller

Dr. Paul Thompson

Dr. Tony Imbalzano

Dr. Nick Rhind

Dr. Josué Flores Kim

Dr. Summer Thyme

Dr. Sy Redding

The Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences hosts a Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP). This program is aimed at students with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree who are interested in Biomedical Science research. This is a year-long program funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) – students from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a great way to acquire the research experience required for success in a PhD program, or to assess whether you are interested in a career in research. Applications are typically due in early spring for a program that runs for 12 months starting in the summer. PREP students receive a stipend, health and dental insurance, and a tuition waiver.

Students can apply to the UMass Chan Medical School Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Students conduct research in a lab at UMass Chan and attend programming designed to grow their biomedical knowledge and career development. Applications are typically due in early spring for a program that runs for 10 weeks during the summer. Students receive a stipend and housing is provided.

How do I acquire funding?

BMB policy requires all people working in labs to be paid – this applies to undergraduate students. Faculty will fully support your research in their labs, and you will receive pay at a rate approximately equal to or above minimum wage in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Students in the Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program or the Summer Undergraduate Research Program will receive a stipend.