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Are you a high school or college student starting your first research experience?
Do you want to learn how researchers think, and what tools they use to advance science?
Do you want to learn more about the NIH research environment?
Are you eager to meet other summer students?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then join us for Boot Camp!

This one-day training program is designed for NIH summer interns with little or no prior research experience. Come develop the skills you need to be successful in science! Get acquainted with NIH research culture. Learn about different tools and techniques commonly used in research.  And, get useful and practical tips on giving group meeting, keeping a notebook, and reading scientific papers. Organized and co-taught by Dr. Natasha Lugo-Escobar with help from NIH postdocs, workshops will include both lecture and interactive activities.

Previous workshops have included:

The Culture of Research Environments
Communicating Science: Reading a Scientific Paper, Keeping a Lab Notebook, and Giving Group Meeting
Scientific Questions, Tools, and Techniques

Please register for a single date:

NOTE: registration will open May 5, 2014.

Friday, June 6, 2014. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Bethesda Campus. Register.
Friday, June 20, 2014.  9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Bethesda Campus.  Register.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Bethesda Campus. Register.
Thursday, June 26, 2014. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. FREDERICK CAMPUS. Register.
Friday, June 27, 2014. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. BALTIMORE CAMPUS. Register.

Additional Information:

We recommend that all Boot Camp students register for "Creating and Presenting Dynamic Posters" on July 10, 2014. Students attending Boot Camp should also watch the Webinar on Reading a Scientific Article on the OITE online resources Web page. Finally, students are encouraged to register for a Summer Intern Journal Club (registration will open in mid-May 2014).


  • If you already have research experience, please attend an OITE Orientation for Summer Interns instead of Boot Camp.
  • If you have litle or no research experience, please attend the Science Skills Boot Camp instead of an OITE Orientation.
  • Your Institute/Center may also offer an orientation.  This is NOT the same as the OITE Orientation.  Contact your Summer Coordinator for information and be certain to attend. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Natasha Lugo-Escobar.