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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 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 creating a poster, keeping a notebook, and reading scientific papers. Organized and co-taught by Dr. Courtney Kurtyka 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 Scientific Papers, Keeping a Lab Notebook, and Creating a Poster
  • Scientific Questions, Tools, and Techniques

Registration is now open! If you do not have access to your NIH email account yet, please create a guest OITE account using your personal email address to register.

The Science Skills Boot Camp is only open to students already accepted to the NIH Summer Internship Programs.

Please register for a single date:

Friday, June 2, 2017. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Bethesda Campus. REGISTER    
Friday, June 16, 2017.  9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Bethesda Campus. REGISTER   
Tuesday, June 20, 2017. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Bethesda Campus. REGISTER 
Wednesday, June 21, 2017. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. FREDERICK CAMPUS. REGISTER  
Friday, June 30, 2017. 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. BALTIMORE CAMPUS. REGISTER

Additional Information:

We recommend that all Boot Camp students register for "Creating and Presenting a Dynamic Poster" on July 7, 2017. Students attending Boot Camp should also watch theYouTube video on Reading a Scientific Article on the OITE online resources Web page. Finally, students are encouraged to join a Summer Intern Journal Club (registration will open May 12th, 2017).


  • If you already have research experience, please attend a session of "Planning a Successful NIH Summer Internship" instead of Boot Camp.
  • If you have little or no research experience, please attend the Science Skills Boot Camp instead of "Planning a Succesful NIH Summer Internship". Do NOT attend both.
  • Your Institute/Center may also offer an orientation. Contact your Summer Coordinator for information and be certain to attend!

For more information, please contact Dr. Courtney Kurtyka.