The Office of Undergraduate Research & Studies (OURS) is a resource for all undergraduates in all majors and at all stages of experience. OURS helps students find research and scholarly opportunities on and off campus, throughout the year. Students are also supported in preparing for and navigating the application process.

For a one on one meeting, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research & Studies ours@acad.umass.edu or visit us on the 10th floor of the W. E. B. Du Bois Library.


Baystate Medical Center Summer Student Scholars Program


Summer Student Scholars Program

Baystate Medical Center, the Western Campus of Tufts University School of Medicine, offers a mentored research program for eligible college students who are exploring the potential of a career in clinical research. Find out who is eligible and how to apply. The 2015 application will be available by October 15, 2014 and will be accepted through January 2, 2015.

The 10week summer program offers you the opportunity to participate a research project from start to finish, and present project outcomes to Baystate's scientific community. Formal classroom training and personalized application in research design, implementation, and publication make this summer experience an outstanding opportunity for students considering a career in biomedical research. Take a look at some recent student projects.

Your Research Project is Designed for You

As a Summer Student Scholar, you will participate in the conduct of medical research that is part of a larger project. Your experience will be under the direct mentorship of a full-time faculty member of Tufts University School of Medicine. Under your mentorís guidance you will deliver two oral presentations: your projectís hypothesis and specific aims midway through the program; and your research results at the programís conclusion. Presentations are held before Baystate Medical Center Summer Student Scholars, mentors, faculty and staff.

You may also participate in lectures on the basics of research and in seminars where practicing investigators share their own research experiences. The many scientific lectures and clinical conferences offered throughout Baystate Medical Center are open to you as well.

Program Goals

The Baystate Summer Student Scholar program aims to introduce you to a career in clinical research by providing you with:

  • fundamentals of clinical research design and conduct
  • practical experience in one or more phases of clinical research
  • a synergistic environment where students can interact with one another to address research questions and promote independent self-directed learning opportunity to assist our clinical faculty in conducting research

2015 Program Dates and Time Commitment

  • Monday, June 1 Ė Friday, August 7, 2015
  • Students studying abroad for the spring semester must be able to begin on the program start date. Starting and end dates will not be modified
  • You must be available full time (a minimum of 40 hours per week) during the dates of the program.


A stipend of $3,500 is awarded to Summer Student Scholars for the 10-week period.

Housing and Parking

Baystate Medical Center does not offer housing; parking is available at no charge.


Lin Tang, Ph.D
Director of Learning Resource Center

Deb Phillis
Office of Undergraduate Research and Studies

Molly Alvin
Project Assistant

Contact Us

Office of Undergraduate Research and Studies
1020 W.E.B. Du Bois Library
Amherst, MA 01003
Telephone (413) 545-5334
E-Mail: ours@acad.umass.edu

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