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Summer Intern Journal Clubs

Sharpen your critical reading skills!
Explore new areas of research!
Meet other summer students!

IMPORTANT NOTES: (1) Registration will open on May 3rd and close on June 7th, 2021 at 5:00 pm. (2) Summer Journal Clubs will be open to interns in the 2021 Virtual Summer Internship Programs ONLY. Use the passcode that will be sent to you by the Journal Club organizer to register. Before registering for any of the journal clubs, please discuss your summer schedule and commitment to your research group with your supervisor. You will need permission from your supervisor to participate in the OITE journal clubs, bootcamps, data science opportunities, and summer curriculum activities.  


Journal clubs are a popular way for scientists to get together and discuss recently published scientific papers. They allow participants to stay up-to-date with new techniques and advances in their fields of interest.

The Summer Intern Journal Clubs are your opportunity to participate in this form of scientific communication.  Journal Clubs will meet weekly for four to six weeks this summer (mid-June to late July). They will be led by NIH graduate students and postdocs, who will guide and support you as you develop your critical reading skills. Students who attend at least 75% of the sessions for their journal club will be able to receive a certificate of participation.

Students planning to participate in a Summer Journal Club should attend "How to Read a Scientific Paper" (June 17, 2021; 10:00-11:00 am, ET) or watch the Reading a Scientific Article YouTube video.

Choosing a Summer Journal Club

Because all journal clubs this year will meet virtually, the scientists running the groups may work on any NIH campus. Please make sure you read the journal club descriptions carefully before registering. This year's descriptions will be available by April 30th.

The Journal Clubs are first come, first served with limited space. Once a group is full, it will be locked, so plan to register as early as possible. You may change your choice or cancel your registration anytime during the registration period. If you are unable to register for your first choice, you can check back periodically to see if a spot happens to open.