NIH Visit Week

Dear NARCH Directors:

We are writing to invite you to nominate students to attend our annual NIH Visit Week (July 21-25, 2014), a one-week summer enrichment program to expose Native American and Alaska Native students to the NIH and to biomedical research and healthcare careers. Selected students will participate in science career workshops, interactions in selected NIH laboratories and clinical research settings, a science journal club, informational interviews and professional networking opportunities throughout the week. They will also attend a lecture by Dr. Francis Collins, meet with students in the NIH SACNAS Chapter, and learn about NIH internship opportunities.

To get the most of this program, students should have a strong interest in learning more about science careers. We welcome nominations for rising high school seniors, students enrolled in Tribal colleges, and undergraduate college students at all levels. All students who are nominated must be affiliated with your NARCH program.

Selected students will receive a travel scholarship and will be provided lodging in Bethesda for the duration of the program. We will begin activities at 9:00 am on July 21, 2014 and activities will end at noon on Friday July 25, 2014. We are unable to accommodate students who need to arrive after the start of the program or leave before noon on Friday.

Please visit to nominate students for NIH Visit Week. The nomination includes contact information for you and the student, a letter from you explaining why you feel the student will benefit from the program and a letter from the student explaining his/her motivation for applying. All information, including the student’s information, will need to be uploaded by the nominating official. Applications are due March 28, 2014 at 8 pm est. and accepted students will be notified by April 25, 2014. There is no limit to the number of students you may nominate; however, please clearly explain your rationale for each nomination. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us of you have questions.

We look forward to welcoming your students to the NIH in July!


Drs. Sheila Caldwell (NIGHM) and Sharon Milgram (OD)