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The Four Directions Summer Research Program (FDSRP) is a unique summer research opportunity at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) for undergraduate rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a commitment to the health of Native American communities. Students engage in a basic science research project under the direction of a Harvard Medical School Faculty Mentor. Additional activities include clinical shadowing, career development seminars, weekly Talking Circles, networking events, and more. Upon completion of the program, students leave BWH and HMS with new skills, experiences, and knowledge that can be used to empower themselves, their communities, and future generations of Native peoples from all Four Directions.


  • Eight-week research experience. Students work with their lab mentor to submit an abstract of their summer research and share their research findings during a final research presentation day.
  • Clinical shadowing. Students have two half-days to shadow clinicians spanning a wide range of disciplines at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
  • Talking Circle. Talking Circle is a traditional component of Native American culture. Students meet weekly with Program Director Tom Sequist to discuss a variety of topics over dinner.
  • Professional and Career Development Workshops. Students meet regularly with faculty from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School (HMS), and Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) to discuss topics such as MD/Ph.D. programs, medical school admissions, health policy, interviewing, and presentation skills. 
  • Social & Networking Events. Group dinners and barbecues, sight-seeing around Boston, networking events with Harvard Medical Students, and more.

Financial Support

  • Transportation to and from Boston. Our team covers the complete cost of travel to and from Boston. This includes your flight/bus to and from Boston Logan Airport as well as your travel from Boston Logan Airport to your housing residence, and vice versa upon departure. We also provide students with a $75 USD subway pass for transportation while in Boston.
  • Housing. Our program provides housing free of charge for the entire length of the eight-week program. We also provide pots, pans, and other utensils for meal preparation.
  • Living stipend. FDSRP provides each student a stipend of $5,000 for the eight-week program. Select program meals and social activities. Includes light breakfasts and lunches during workshops, weekly dinners for Talking Circle, and food, transportation, and tickets for program-specific social activities.