LKS Summer 2019 Application

Thank you for your interest in being a LEAH Knox Scholar for Summer 2019! The LEAH Knox Scholars Summer Program is an intensive paid summer research experience designed to give rising high school juniors and seniors the skills needed for biomedical research, to meet scientists, and learn about the excitement of scientific discovery.

Position Summary

LEAH Knox Scholars work across a span of five weeks from the hours of 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The first week serves as an orientation to the program.  During the next four weeks, Scholars will work in a lab, where they will learn the basic techniques of molecular biology. This will take place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from July 8th – August 9th, and will be led by experienced MIT biology lab instructors. The program also includes preparation for students to present their summer research findings at a biomedical research symposium. Students will participate in professional development and college planning workshops. Students will be paid for their time in programming and can earn up to $1,800 for the summer.

Who Can Be A LEAH Knox Scholar?

To be eligible for the LEAH Knox Scholars Program, students must be:

  • Rising high school juniors
  • At least 16 years old by July 16th, 2019
  • Interested in biology and science research
  • Preference will be given to applicants who continue with the LEAH Project during the school year – read about our school year opportunities here
  • Students of color and low-income students are strongly encouraged to apply

No prior lab or research experience is needed. All that’s required is an interest in scientific research and a willingness to learn and work hard!  This program is particularly suited for those students strongly interested in and/or exploring a possible career in a medical and/or biology-related field.

What are the Time Commitments?Must be available to interview on one of the following dates:

Wednesday, April 5th4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Monday, April 8th, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Wednesday, April 10th 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Must be available for programming Monday, July 9th – Friday, August 10th. The commitment is every day, Monday – Friday from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Must commit to attending up to six two-hour meetings during the 2019-2020 school year (dates will be announced at the end of the summer).

What are Additional Benefits?

LEAH Knox Scholars enrolled in Boston Public Schools are highly encouraged to continue during the school year with the LEAH Project. Interested students can earn up to $3,000 during the school year working 8 hours a week, teaching science to elementary school students at Boston-area after school programs like Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCAs. Students who continue in the school year will have access to college visits, STEM career exploration opportunities, and academic support.

All participants who successfully complete the summer program will be eligible to receive a stipend internship opportunity next summer working in a research lab in the Boston area.

Applications are due Friday March, 29, 2019 at 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

If you require assistance with this application, please email Brandon Morgan at

Application Requirements

  • This application will take approximately sixty minutes to complete. It includes three short answer questions (a minimum of 150 words each).
  • All applicants need to be rising juniors and age 16 by Friday, July 16th, 2019.
  • You are required to submit a letter of recommendation, which must be completed by a current/former science or math teacher. You will be asked to provide the name and email address, job title, and school/organization of the recommender on this application. The recommendation form will be sent to the recommender to complete by the application deadline of March 29, 2019 at 8:00 PM.
  • You are required to upload your resume and a copy of your academic transcript.
  • You are able to save your application progress and continue where you left off
  • Applications are due Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time