Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Musculoskeletal Research Center
New York, NY.
Type Basic Science Research, Clinical Research, Academic Enrichment


The NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases Musculoskeletal Research Center (MRC) of the New York University School of Medicine offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Program for qualified students who are currently in their sophomore or junior year of college and are interested in pursuing medical research careers as MD, PhD, or MD/PhD candidates. The purpose of the program is to provide students who intend to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences the opportunity to participate in research and be exposed to the excitement of an academic medical environment at a major research center. Current subjects of research include development and testing of an artificial cartilage material, testing of minimally invasive knee replacement designs, and creation of a patient database to evaluate clinical outcomes of orthopaedic surgery.

Program Features

  • Each student is assigned a personal project and is expected to perform as a graduate student with appropriate supervision and instrumentation.
  • Participants will be invited to introductory and professional level seminars, as well as careers seminars conducted by deans and other faculty regarding opportunities available in the biomedical sciences and how to apply for specific programs.
  • A cultural component to the program includes dinners at various ethnic restaurants, Broadway shows, museum tours, and a variety of other local cultural events.


The program is designed for mature, well-qualified undergraduates who are currently in their sophomore or junior year of college. Students will be selected based on academic record, previous research experience, if any (at least 1 full semester of bench laboratory research (ideally), and letters of recommendation from faculty advisors and/or research supervisors. Substantial weight will be given to applicants’ commitment to a career in biomedical science research. This program is open to all U.S. and international students who are currently attending a U.S. college or university.

Please contact the program administrator for more details on dates and deadlines.

More Information

, 550 First Ave
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 263-7300