Colgate’s Bethesda Biomedical Research study group with the National Institutes of Health focuses on an intensive research experience involving 30+ hours of research each week in a laboratory of the students’ choosing.



Researching at NIH
Working with a UPLC-MS instrument at the NIH to validate an anti-cancer drug as part of clinical pharmacology research.


On the Bethesda Biomedical Research study group, students spend a full academic semester living and learning in Bethesda, MD. The group is accompanied by a Colgate faculty director who teaches part of the students’ course load.

The professional laboratory facilities in Bethesda, MD, housing over 5000 active researchers, are the official federal health-related research facilities of the United States.

Students will live in fully furnished apartments managed by Turnkey Housing Solutions in Bethesda, close to the Metro Red line. 

Academic Focus

The Bethesda Biomedical Research study group is based in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the Neuroscience Program. The specific focus of any given group on the Bethesda Biomedical Research program will depend upon the Colgate faculty member who is directing the group. The directorship rotates between the group’s affiliated departments and programs.

Because of their rigorous academic requirements, the Bethesda Biomedical Research study group is often an appealing off-campus study option for students who major and minor in the natural sciences and want to do hands-on research.

Affiliated Departments and Programs

The Bethesda Biomedical Research study group is affiliated with the following departments and programs, among which the faculty directorship of the group will rotate.

Upcoming and Recent Study Groups

Learn more about upcoming and recent study groups to the National Institutes of Health on Colgate’s off-campus study portal, including details about the faculty directors, dates, and more: 

Bethesda Biomedical Research Study Group