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Yale Summer Enrichment Research Experience

About the Experience

The Yale Summer Enrichment Research Experience (YSERE) is a free 6-week summer program for undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in an accredited degree-granting institution other than Yale and considering a future career in biomedical research. YSERE seeks applicants who are 1) interested in advancing the goals of increasing diversity in biomedical research and 2) committed and determined to work through difficult challenges. Students from educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.

The YSERE 2024 program runs from July 8, 2024 – August 16, 2024. Students will participate in an intensive research program designed to expose them to the process of scientific discovery and the path to a PhD or MD/PhD degree. Each student will be matched with a research laboratory at Yale and work on a primary research project within their assigned laboratory for 6 weeks. In addition to conducting a primary research project, students will participate in weekly seminars, career discussions, and related social activities. The program aims to develop students’ skills on critical thinking, analysis of scientific literature, and effective scientific communication.

There is no fee to attend, and each student will receive a stipend. Students are required to make a full-time commitment, Monday-Friday, for the 6-week duration.

The YSERE 2024 is made possible by generous support from Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI), Yale Cooperative Center for Excellence in Hematology (YCCEH) and Yale Department of Genetics. YSERE 2024 is co-organized by YCCI, YCCEH, Yale Department of Genetics and Yale Stem Cell Center.

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To Apply

You will need:

  • College transcript
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (including extra-curricular activities)
  • FAFSA report of Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) - OPTIONAL but inclusion of FAFSA may help determine your eligibility for the program
  • Personal statement (2-page max): Please describe how your participation in the program aligns with the program’s goal of advancing diversity in biomedical research. Please describe your future goals and how this program may help you achieve such goals. Please share an example (if any) of a major life obstacle you overcame to pursue your education/training. Please feel free to include additional information that you wish to share with us (e.g. your interest, prior research experience etc.).
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from a science faculty member).

Meet Our 2023 YSERE Interns