The Forsyth Institute Student Scholars Summer Internship Program exposes high-school students to the exciting and rewarding world of scientific research. Created in 1993, the program allows students to work side-by-side in the laboratory with world-renowned scientists engaged in cutting-edge research.

“The goals of the Student Scholars program are to teach students what scientific research involves, and to allow students to perform hands-on scientific research.” – Dr. Megan Pugach-Gordon, Director, Forsyth Institute Student Scholars Summer Internship Program

Dr. Megan Pugach-Gordon, Director, Forsyth Institute Student Scholars Summer Internship Program

The Forsyth Student Scholars Program includes an eight-week internship for Massachusetts high school students. The program pairs students with Forsyth faculty researchers as mentors. Interns learn basic laboratory techniques by participating in mentors’ research projects in a productive and enriching scientific environment. At the end of the program, students present their findings. For these young interns, the Forsyth Student Scholars program is often their first “real job” and may be their first step toward a future career in the sciences.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Paid internships
  • Mentorship by world-renowned scientists on the Forsyth faculty
  • Weekly presentations to fellow students and mentors
  • Weekly college-level lectures by Forsyth scientists in expertise areas, including oral health research, immunology, and microbiology
  • Final scientific poster presentation to the Boston-area scientific community

Candidate requirements:

  • Current freshman, sophomore, or junior high school student enrolled in the Boston metro area
  • Fully available weekdays over 8 weeks in July and August from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Strong motivation to learn how to perform scientific research
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Consistent with Forsyth’s Affirmative Action policy and commitment to our community, acceptances are based on both academic excellence and need.

For more information contact or

Dr. Megan Pugach-Gordon, Director 617-892-8405

Dr. Martin Taubman, Intern Advisor 617-892-8314

Ms. Anna Rivkin, Program Coordinator 617-892-8366

The Interns for 2021 have been selected. The applications for 2022 Internships will be available in January, 2022. Check out our Remote Science Camp programs.

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