Education & Outreach

The Office of Education and Outreach supports the Institute’s mission and its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by offering programs and educational opportunities to the Greater Boston community and beyond.

Ragon Institute Summer Experience (RISE)

The Ragon Institute Summer Experience (RISE) internship program engages high school and undergraduate students underrepresented in medical research who are interested in learning about immunology and related fields. RISE aims to inspire young people from underrepresented communities in the Greater Boston area to consider a career in medical research and immunology by offering a paid, structured and mentored internship with extended supports. Applications for Summer 2024 will be available in late January. Visit our Internships page for application info.

Program of Ragon and IMES in Science and Medicine (PRISM)

PRISM Science Club, for high school students from underrepresented communities in the Greater Boston area, meets on Saturdays in March and April. PRISM is a joint effort between the Ragon Institute, MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES), and the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology (HST), housed at IMES. It launched in 2022. Each week features a different program, with a talk, discussion and an activity. The club is facilitated by graduate students from IMES/HST.

Community Education Programs

Since 2021, we’ve partnered with the Cambridge Public Library to hold virtual talks on our research. These public events have included presentations on COVID-19 vaccines, the Omicron variant, HIV research, and designing universal flu vaccines. See more on our Events page.

We’ve also had exhibits in the Cambridge Science Festival, including “Researchers Explain! The Immune System”:

Questions about our programs? Contact the Office of Education & Outreach at ragonoutreach@mgh.harvard.edu.
RISE 2022
PRISM 2022