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Summer Student Program

The Summer Student Program at the Legacy Research Institute offers college-level undergraduate students opportunities to further their education and training through meaningful exposure to basic science research in the laboratories of Legacy research scientists. The program is designed to help students understand the nature of bioscience research and emphasizes methods of discovery and communication of knowledge, not the mastery of established facts.


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The Summer Student Program typically lasts 10-12 weeks, with some variance in time commitment based on students' schedules. The position is full-time (40 hours/week for the duration of the summer) and students receive a stipend derived either from the Legacy Good Samaritan Foundation's Wheeler Fund, or primary investigators' allocated grant funds.

Summer students will work with their mentors on established ongoing projects, or may have the opportunity to design an independent research project in line with the overall goals of the laboratory.  At the end of the summer, students are expected to make a presentation to the research staff about their scientific experience and any findings made.

The application process for the LRI Summer Student Program generally begins in March. Students will be required to fill out the Legacy Health application form online, as well as attach an updated resume and a letter of interest in the program. In the letter of interest we ask that the students indicate an area of interest with regards to our laboratories and the current work we are doing. For more information about the ongoing research projects at the Legacy Research Institute, please see the ‘Our Scientists’ and ‘Programs’ menu tabs to the left. When the application process opens up we will provide the link to apply on this page.

Summer Students for 2016 have been chosen. 
Applications for Summer 2017 will open sometime early next spring, and we will keep our website updated as to the specific date as the time approaches. If you have questions about applying for the Summer Student Program in 2017 please contact: 

For more information on the Summer Student Program or other opportunities at the Legacy Research Institute, please contact:

Bailey Sooter
Project Specialist
Legacy Research Institute
(503) 413-2474