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Baystate Undergraduate Programs

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Peter Blain,
Program Coordinator

Baystate offers two different 10-week summer programs for local college undergraduates who are exploring a career in research, public health, medicine, or other healthcare profession.

  • The Baystate Summer Academy is for rising freshmen, sophomores and juniors.
  • The Summer Scholars Program is for rising juniors and seniors.

Completed applications were due December 2017. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply.

Get a Broad Perspective on Healthcare Careers

Both programs offer opportunities to gain valuable insight into a career in research or health care by engaging participants in clinical and non-clinical job shadowing and education on research methodology.

Totally Satisfied with Summer Scholars

" I met great people, doing exactly what I want to do as a career,
and it just made me more excited for my post-graduation plans."

—2017 Summer Scholar

Baystate Summer Academy

Summer Scholars


Local students who are rising freshmen, sophomores or juniors


Local students who are  rising juniors and seniors

Program Dates

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 through Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Participants must be able to begin on the program start date. Starting dates will not be modified.

Program Dates

Monday, June 4, 2018 through Thursday, August 9, 2018
Students studying abroad for the Spring semester must be able to begin on the program start date. Starting dates will not be modified.

Time Commitment

You must be available for 3 hours every Tuesday evening from 5:30 – 8:30 PM.

Some opportunities will not follow the scheduled course dates and times. These activities are not required, but they are highly encouraged and part of the overall design of the course.

Time Commitment

You must be available for up to 32 hours per week Monday - Thursday during the dates of the program.


The summer programs aim to provide you with an experience in hospital-based research and health care by providing you with:

Clinical and non-clinical job shadowing across a variety of disciplines and specialties

You will be paired with a Baystate Health professional and may get a chance to observe morning report on an inpatient unit, an outpatient clinic, a busy emergency room, or diagnostic testing.
Opportunities to participate in the simulation center may also be available.

Fundamentals of research design and conduct

You will learn about designing and conducting research from experienced researchers, epidemiologists or biostatisticians.

Synergistic learning environment

Students can interact with each other to address research questions and promote independent, self-directed learning.

Baystate Summer Academy students do not have a hands-on research experience

Practical experience in one or more phases of quality improvement research
(Summer Scholars Program only)

You will work on a mentored research project where you will be paired with a mentor(s) engaged in their own quality improvement project. You may assist in study activities ranging from protocol development, building a database, data entry (chart review), data analysis, or even manuscript writing. Previous students have even published with some of our faculty. Take a look at some recent projects. There is no direct patient interaction in the research projects.


There is not a stipend associated with the Summer Scholar Academy.


You will be awarded a stipend of $3,500 for the 10-week period.

Application Process

Eligibility and online application


Parking is available at no charge.


Baystate Medical Center does not offer housing.

Contact for Questions

Peter Blain, program coordinator (794-1671) or