Colgate’s study group to the National Institutes of Health focuses on an intensive research experience involving 30+ hours of research each week in an NIH 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 NIH 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 study group’s operations are embedded with the National Institutes of Health, which houses over 5000 active researchers, and is the official federal health-related research facilities of the United States.

Academic Focus

The NIH study group is based in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the Neuroscience Program. The specific focus of any given study group to NIH 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 NIH 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 NIH 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: 

Colgate at NIH Study Group

Study Group History