INSIGHT: Learning and practice for safer and healthier communities
Join other elite students this summer for an unparalleled research internship experience at the University of Washington’s Harborview Medical Center campus in Seattle, WA. Details below.
HIPRC’s INSIGHT Research Program for graduate and undergraduate students is an intensive, eight-week summer internship for undergraduate students, graduate students and first-year medical students. Applications are open from mid-November to mid-January for the coming summer. INSIGHT provides paid research experience and mentorship for students who are interested in injury research. Participants are matched to research projects and partnered with University of Washington Medical School faculty and work alongside peers and health professionals from across the country. Past research areas include elucidating the risk factors and causes of injuries, injury prevention strategies, acute and chronic care of injured patients, outcomes from trauma, and interventions to return the injured individual to their full potential.
For high school students, we offer a four-week summer program designed to introduce students to medicine, public health and research. For more information on the high school program, visit the INSIGHT High School Page.
Graduate/Undergraduate Program Components:
- June 17 – August 9, 2019. Students must be able to commit to this entire period in order to participate.
- Application window opens Nov. 15, 2018 and closes Jan. 15, 2019.
- Rigorous independent research
- Clinical shadowing experiences of physicians at UWMC and HMC
- Professional development seminars
- Injury research seminars
- Tours of various sites at Harborview, including the King County Medical Examiner’s Office
- Competitive research poster symposium on final day of the program
- Social activities
- Stipend of $3,200
INSIGHT is presented by:
The INSIGHT Research Program is funded in part by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
Graduate/Undergraduate Eligibility Requirements:
- Applicants must be a U.S citizen or permanent resident and are eligible to work in the U.S or hold a valid student visa or have DACA status.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is preferred.
- The INSIGHT Summer Research Program accepts students as follows:
- Current undergraduates are eligible. Preference is given to students who will graduate in Spring 2019, or who will be juniors and seniors in Fall 2019.
- Current graduate students or students entering a graduate program in Fall 2019 are given preference.
- Current 1st year Medical students, or students entering medical school in Fall 2019 are given preference.
- Must be able to commit to all eight weeks of the program on a full-time schedule.
Please visit our INSIGHT FAQ if you are unsure of your eligibility to apply.
INSIGHT interns work closely with faculty mentors on their research projects throughout the summer.
Field trips provide a unique behind-the-scenes look at training and medical resources at Harborview Medical Center, such as the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare lab (WISH lab).
Graduate/Undergraduate Program Logistics:
Dates: June 17th through August 9th 2019
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Monday through Friday.
Location: The Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center is located in the Patricia Bracelin Steel Memorial Building at 401 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122. This is also the location of all scheduled seminars and workshops.
Housing, Travel and Transportation:
Students are independently responsible for arranging their housing, meals and transportation. The UW offers some discounted summer housing within the dorms on campus. Students accepted into the program will be sent details of on campus housing. There is a free shuttle connecting the UW Campus to Harborview which runs every 15 minutes on weekdays and a city bus pass is available for purchase.
Sample Weekly Schedule
Most of the day is dedicated to research and data analysis, but professional seminars, research talks and field trips are included each week throughout the summer. Past field trips have included visits to Harborview Medical Center, Airlift Northwest, the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare lab, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office and others.
|Week at a Glance||Monday||Tuesday||Wednesday||Thursday||Friday|
|9 a.m.||Start of Day|
|10 a.m.||Research Skills Seminar||Field Trip|
|1 p.m.||Academic Workshop||Professional Skills Seminar|
|2 p.m.||Weekly Student Group Meeting|
|3 p.m.||Mentor Meeting||Injury Seminar|
|5 p.m.||End of Day|
Do we get to choose our mentor and/or research project? How does this work?
The range of projects we have each summer are dependent on a number of factors such as availability of mentors and timelines for completion. Additionally, some projects have specific requirements such as having a statistical background. We strongly consider primary research interests of students, but ultimately make a best fit determination once we have determined our cohort of students which takes all these factors into consideration. Therefore, we invite you to look at our recent research projects and explain your specific research interests and/or skill set in our application. Accepted students will be informed of their research project and mentor prior to the start of the summer program.
If I am a current undergraduate freshman, am I eligible to apply?
Yes, however, we give preference to undergraduate students entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2019, and students graduating in Spring 2019.
I am graduating in Spring 2019, but have no immediate plans to attend graduate or medical school in the fall of 2019. May I apply?
Yes, you are eligible to apply.
If I am not a current student, and I have no plans to enroll in an undergraduate or graduate program in Fall 2019, may I apply?
To be eligible, you must either be a current undergraduate or graduate student, or enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program in Fall 2019. If you are not in either group, you are not eligible for the INSIGHT program.
I am not a US citizen, nor a green card holder, but I currently attend a college or university in the US. Am I eligible to participate in INSIGHT?
Yes, you are eligible to participate if you are attending an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university on a student visa, or are a student with DACA status.
If submitted my application, transcript, and resume, may I send additional supporting materials, or an updated transcript or resume?
Due to the high number of applications we receive, we only accept the transcript and resume sent with your original application.
If I do not have prior research experience, may I still apply?
Prior research experience is not required. However, strong candidates should be able to articulate their interests in the INSIGHT program and have demonstrated strong academic performance in the STEM fields. Similarly, having a STEM field major is not required.
Is there a minimum GPA required?
The application review is holistic in nature and consideration is given to all parts of a student’s application including reference, statement of interest and background, and academic trajectory. Grade point averages are just one of the many factors included in the overall evaluation of a student’s application.
My school does not have grades, or is on a pass/fail system. What transcript should I include? How should I indicate the GPA since I don’t have one?
If this situation applies to you and you are not able to send in a transcript, you may send an alternative document that demonstrates you are in good standing at your current institution (eg: a letter of good standing or unofficial transcript without grades). You can write in pass/fail for the GPA as well.
I have attended multiple schools in the past and thus have multiple transcripts. Which should I send?
We only require one unofficial transcript from your current institution. If you are currently a medical student and are on a pass/fail system, you can alternatively provide a letter of good standing. On this note, please include just your current GPA not an average of all institutions you have attended.
I have a background in a field other than one in the STEM fields—am I still a good candidate for this program?
While having a STEM field major can be helpful in preparing you for internship program such as INSIGHT, it is not required. INSIGHT is made up of a cohort of students with a diverse array of backgrounds and interests. However, strong candidates should still be able to articulate their interests in the INSIGHT program and have demonstrated strong academic performance in the STEM classes they have completed.
What do I do if I learned that the person I chose as my reference is no longer able to provide a reference, or missed the deadline, or didn't receive the reference materials?
Please communicate with your reference and let them know we will contact them in January. If you need to change your reference or you have other questions, please contact us at: InjuryED@uw.edu
I was accepted into another program and have to make a decision ASAP. Is it possible to receive notice of an early decision from INSIGHT?
Out of fairness to others, we cannot give early notice of acceptance. All applicants will receive notification of their application status in mid-March.
My final exams overlap with the start of the INSIGHT Program. Is it possible to join the program after the June 17, 2019 start date?
Accepted students are expected to commit to the INSIGHT Program for the duration, from June 17th through Aug. 9th, 2019.
We cannot accommodate late starts, long vacations, or early departures that significantly affect student attendance and participation.
May I work on another research project, or work part or full time during the INSIGHT program?
The INSIGHT Program is a full-time, 40 hour per week summer internship. Interns are expected to be available to attend the program during regular business hours.
If I have a vacation scheduled for a week during the program, or I have to leave the program a week early to participate in another program, may I still participate in the INSIGHT program?
Accepted students are expected to commit to INSIGHT for the duration of the program. We cannot accommodate late starts, long vacations, or early departures that significantly affect a student’s participation in the program.
May I take a class during the INSIGHT program?
The INSIGHT Program is a full-time, 40 hour per week, summer internship. Interns are expected to be available and participate in the program during regular business hours.
What is the daily/weekly schedule? May I see a calendar?
The regular program schedule runs from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Clinical shadowing opportunities may start earlier or end later. Much of the time is dedicated to working with your Faculty Mentor on a research project. Seminars, tours, meetings and social activities are also scheduled throughout the week. A program calendar will be provided to accepted students close to the start of the program.
Is there a dress code?
the INSIGHT Program takes place on Harborview Medical Center’s main campus in the Pat Steel Building. All students are expected to follow the dress code as designated by Harborview’s stated policies (i.e.: no blue jeans, shorts, or t-shirts with insignia). This will be explained in further detail during the program’s orientation. Similarly, students will be expected to maintain a full time schedule for the duration of the program.
How much is the stipend and when do we receive it?
Each accepted student receives a stipend of $3,200 midway through the program.
Who do I contact if my question is not addressed here?
Please contact us at: InjuryED@uw.edu
Previous INSIGHT Projects
Each summer culminates in the INSIGHT Research Symposium, where interns give research poster presentations to physicians, researchers, healthcare professionals and members of the public.
Project titles for previous INSIGHT cohorts are listed at the pages below.
At the annual INSIGHT Research Symposium, interns present original research posters and discuss their work with physicians, researchers, healthcare professionals and members of the public.
Applications for the 2019 INSIGHT Summer Research Program for undergraduate, graduate and first-year medical students are open Nov. 15, 2018 – Jan. 15, 2019.
- Submit application, which will require:
- Your current GPA, academic status and expected graduation date.
- Short-essay responses to four questions.
- Contact information for one professional or academic reference: Name, Title, Phone Number and Email Address.
- Email your transcript (unofficial) AND resume/CV (no more than 2 pages) as pdf files to InjuryED@uw.edu.
- HIPRC will contact your reference with specific instructions by email or phone during Jan. 15-31, after the application window has closed.
- Notification of acceptances will be distributed in early March.
All applications for this year’s program must have been received by the deadline. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted. No changes can be made to your application once submitted, and only one application per person is accepted. The INSIGHT Program is unable to facilitate research internships for students outside of the summer program.
INSIGHT interns have joined HIPRC from across the country, many with the goal of pursuing graduate school, medical school, and medical research.
Watch this space for the results of our annual survey of INSIGHT alumni.
Are you an INSIGHT alumnus?
Please share your recent academic or professional accomplishments with us! We feature alumni news in the quarterly alumni newsletter.
You can also help us improve the program by responding to our annual email survey, coming soon to your inbox.
Student Interest Group
Currently enrolled students working on injury research are invited to join the HIPRC Student Interest Group for mentorship, research support and presentation opportunities throughout the year.
Prior participation in INSIGHT is not required – this program is open to students currently enrolled at any college or university.