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Summer Intern Journal Clubs

Important Note: Summer Journal Clubs for 2020 have, unfortunately, been cancelled.

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration will open on May 4th and close on June 8th, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

The Summer Intern Journal Clubs are only open to students already accepted to the NIH Summer Internship Programs. 


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 watch the Reading a Scientific Article YouTube video.

Choosing a Summer Journal Club

While most Journal Clubs will meet on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, a few will meet on other campuses as noted in the journal club title. Please make sure you read the journal club descriptions carefully before registering. This year's descriptions will be available by May 1st.

When registering for a Summer Journal Club, please select and prioritize up to three different journal clubs that interest you.  We will match you to a single journal club so that you don't take too much time away from your research.  While we will do our best to ensure that students are assigned to their top choice, the limited size of the journal clubs may require us to enroll some of you in your second or third choice.