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June 17th-August 19th, 2023

2023 Summer Internship Program (SIP) Brain Research, Innovation & Translation Labs (BRITL)

The Summer Research Program at Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience is one of the most sought after summer internships in the country. It provides students the opportunity to spend an intensive 9 weeks working side-by-side with leading neuroscientists and researchers in Hawaii working on groundbreaking studies in Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and other neurodegenerative diseases.

This internship is a time-intensive commitment with mandatory lectures built into the program. Do not apply for HPN-SIP if you are unable to attend mandatory events. The calendar does not include your time in the clinic and your time with your research group. Interns will need to be on-campus in person for their data collection sessions (1 four-hour weekly time block) in addition to in person orientation (June 17th Saturday), midterm (July 8th Saturday), and finals (Aug 19th Saturday).

The program emphasizes collaborative teamwork in a supervised setting headed by a faculty mentor and medical student leader culminating in poster presentations at the end of the program, followed by national and international scholarly activities.

When: June 17th, 2022 – August 19th, 2023 (9 weeks)

Who can apply? Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student. A small cohort of individuals in their senior year at an approved High School may be considered under “exceptional circumstances”.

How can I apply? Apply here by March 1, 2023

Are there any application fees? There is a nonrefundable application fee of $49.Pay Here

If you have questions, please contact us here: BRITL@HawaiiNeuroscience.com

1) Headshot picture

2) Curriculum Vitae/Resume

3) Cover Letter

a. No more than 2 pages

b. Must address the following questions:

i. Why do you want to participate in this specific program?

ii. How do your skills and experiences make you the perfect match for the program?

iii. What are your realistic expectations for this program?

iiii. What are your long-term educational goals?

iiiii. How will your summer schedule accommodate this internship?

4) GCP and HIPAA certificates

  1. GCP & HIPAA links for students (FREE)

i. CITI GCP: https://about.citiprogram.org/en/homepage/

        1. → Must specify your university for free access.
        2. → Ex) University of Hawaii, you only need to complete GCP ICH.

ii. HIPAA: https://info.proservice.com/hipaa-compliance-on-demand

        1. → You will be asked to provide your full name, email address, and company. Please put “Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience” for the company. Please take the “HIPAA Compliance Online Exam” after reviewing the webinar (link found in the Summary section).

5) (OPTIONAL) Team Leader Consideration

  1. Those interested in serving as a team leader must provide an additional cover letter
  2. Must address the following questions:

i. Why do you want to be a team leader?

ii. What leadership qualities can you offer the program?

iii. What experience do you have in clinical or basic science research?

3. Prospective team leaders will be required to conduct a formal phone interview

6) (Mandatory for HIGH SCHOOL) “Exceptional Student Consideration”

  1. All incoming high school seniors must complete an additional cover letter
  2. Must address the following questions:

i. What makes you stand out as an “Exceptional Student” and why should you be considered?

ii. What are your long-term goals and how will this internship help you achieve them?

7) Application Fee Payment (Payment to be made online)


Applicants will be notified of their selection via email no later than April 1st, 2023

June 17th Sat Orientation and Beach Party


Kore Kai Liow, MD

Neuroscience Chair, HPN
Clinical Professor Medicine (Neurology)
Graduate Faculty, Clinical & Translational Research

Picking a Research Question

Lawrence Burgess, MD

Director, Student Affairs
Professor of Surgery

June 20, 27 Tues 5:00-6:30PM

Research Bio Statistics I and II

Chathura Siriwardhana, PhD

Assistant Professor, Biostatistics Core Facility, Dept. Quantitative Health Services

July 8th Saturday MID TERM Oral Presentation

Keynote Speaker – Research Applications

Research in Clinical Practice – A Personal Journey

Jason Viereck, MD, PhD

Academic Director, BRITL Clinical Assistant Professor Medicine (Neurology), Graduate Faculty, Clinical & Translational Research

July 11 Tues 5:00-6:00PM

Writing up Your Abstract and Poster

Enrique Carrazana, MD

Publication Director, Neurology, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience, Clinical Educator

July 18th, 25th -Tues 5:00-6:00PM

How to Get Your Posters Ready

Julia Jahansooz, MS3

2023 BRITL Academic Scholar & Project Leader

How to Submit to National Meetings

Ward Weldon, MS3

2023 BRITL Academic Scholar & Project Leader

How to Submit for Full length Publications

Anson Lee, MS3

2023 BRITL Student Editor

Aug 19th Sat 9-2:00PM - FINAL Poster Presentation

Keynote Speakers – Neurosurgery


David Baskin, MD

Professor & Residency Program Director, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Houston Methodist Hospital and Cornell University

Keynote Speaker – Neurology


Enrique Carrazana, MD

Publication Director, Neurology, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience,

Presentation Research Award

Russell Woo, MD

Director, Med Student Research Professor of Surgery

2022-2023 Projects & Scholars

Recent PubMed Publications & International Presentations

Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience (HPN) is committed to helping medical students pursue their passion in research, neuroscience, develop leadership in this field and make an impact in the local community. HPN is proud to recognize exceptional medical students and previous BRITL scholars who have demonstrated exemplary academic abilities in neuroscience, leadership qualities, passion, and commitment to the pursue of excellence in research and a commitment to make a difference and give back to the local Hawaii community.

Core Neurology/Neuroscience Faculty

Janette Abramowitz, MD,

Core Biostatistics Faculty

2022-2023 Hawaii BRITL Project Leaders

Julia Jahansooz graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Integrative Biology. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Clinical and Translational Research from the University of Hawai’i and is now a second year medical student at JABSOM. Julia believes research is the backbone of clinical practice and encourages everyone to participate in some level of research during their career.
Ward Weldon graduated from Punahou Highschool and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is currently a second year medical student at JABSOM. Ward recommends that interested medical students engage in research early in their careers, so they may develop the skills to lead meaningful research in the future as physicians.

2022-2023 Hawaii BRITL Student Editor

Anson Lee graduated from Punahou School and went on to earn a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, B.A. in Archaeology, and B.A. in Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Currently, he is a second-year medical student at the JABSOM. Anson believes that participating in research is the best way to improve patient care and lead the future of medical practice.
Summer Internship


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