IDRI Summer Research



2014  Summer Research Internship:  Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI)

            The Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) in Seattle, WA has entered into a partnership with Whitman College to support two students to conduct research in global health and gain experience working in a non-profit biotechnology organization. IDRI is a Seattle-based, not-for-profit organization committed to applying innovative science to the research and development of products to prevent, detect and treat infectious diseases of poverty.  Students may gain research experience in biomedical research at the molecular & cellular level in projects working on vaccine formulations and tuberculosis and malaria vaccine development.  The stipend for the program is $4,500 and interns are expected to work for 10 weeks.   There are 2 positions available for 2014.  See for research interests of the IDRI scientists.

The IDRI Internship Steering Committee at Whitman College is soliciting applications from students who will be entering their final year at Whitman College in fall of 2014 (Dec 2014 or May 2015 grads). 

Application materials are available at:

IDRI 2014 application form

IDRI 2014 evaluator form

A complete application includes:
A.  From the APPLICANT, the electronic submission (as a single pdf file)

1) The application form (student name, email address, phone number, major, expected date of graduation, and evaluator information)

2) A 1-2 page statement of research interests and career goals.

3) A transcript/list of courses/grades including all college coursework you will have completed by Summer 2012. You don’t need to request an official transcript from the Registrar.

 Unofficial transcripts ARE acceptable.

B.  From the EVALUATORS, the electronic submission of

Two letters of support from Whitman faculty members who have served as course instructors, advisers, or research mentors in the sciences.  A letter from a previous summer research mentor at another institution can replace one Whitman letter.  One Whitman faculty evaluator must agree to serve as the student’s on-campus mentor after the summer project. 

All application materials must be submitted to Jim Russo, HHMI Program Director, by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.  A selection committee of science faculty will evaluate the applications and two students will be selected and notified.  The applications for selected students will be forwarded to IDRI for approval and lab placement.  An on-site interview may be scheduled in Seattle.  Questions about the program?  Contact Jim Russo (S-336; x5228;

Application deadline: 4:00 on Tuesday January 14, 2014