Thank you for your interest in volunteering for HPREP!

Sign up for HPREP here!

If you’d like to learn more about HPREP and different ways you can get involved, please send us an email at hprep@hms.harvard.edu or attend one of the information sessions we have coming up in the next month. Lunch is included!

Monday, September 16, 12:30-1:30pm, TMEC 209 (Longwood)
Tuesday, September 24, 12:00-1:00pm, Sherman Fairchild 268 (Cambridge)
Thursday, October 3, 12:45-1:45pm, TMEC 250 (Longwood)

We have tons of ways to get involved!

Volunteer Roles


  • Mentors: guide the students on various tasks from improving personal statements, to preparing for their final presentation. Each HPREP student is paired with a Harvard graduate/medical student for one-on-one mentoring at the end of each HPREP day.
  • Group Leaders: manage and facilitate a small group of mentor-mentee pairs through group activities.


  • Developers: shape the learning points of each lecture and guide the teachers to best present the material.
  • Teachers: create and present the curriculum materials to the students via lectures and hands-on labs.
  • Facilitators: assist the developers and teachers in anything necessary to make the lectures and labs successful.

Additional HPREP Roles

  • Application Readers: read and score applications from Boston-area high school students. This is an incredible opportunity to get to know the HPREP demographics, hone your objective reading skills and become humbled by some of the obstacles our students overcome to be successful.
  • Finance: creates and manages the HPREP budget, solicits donations from departments at HMS and applies to external grants.
  • Media: maintains the website and social media platforms as well as documents the HPREP experience. Writers, Photographers, Graphic Designers, and Social Media Enthusiasts. We’re currently recruiting a director for our Media committee – please consider applying!
  • Special Events Committee: plan, organize, and present events to build students’ professional skills and to shape their career goals. The committee leads activities for two dates: Workshop Day (where students learn about how to apply to colleges, build resumes, prepare for the SAT/ACT) and the Career Fair (where students talk with scientists and physicians about their careers).
  • Logistics Coordinators: handle the day-to-day aspects of each HPREP session from ensuring volunteers and speakers are at the correct places to ordering supplies and food.
  • Diversity Committee: Work with other HPREP committees and outside experts to train HPREP volunteers to effectively and inclusively teach, mentor, and otherwise support ALL students in HPREP. Also work with clinical and public health students to develop case studies focused on diversity and disparities in science and health.

To see more about how HPREP@HMS is organized and the structure of our volunteer force please see our leadership page. Feel free to reach out to anyone to ask about our experiences with HPREP!

BBS TA Requirement

HMS graduate students in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) program are able to receive TA credit for volunteering with HPREP. BBS required 60 hours of work. To fulfill the requirement, we ask that volunteers:

  • Contribute as full-time mentors for at least two years, OR
  • Serve as a mentor for one year in addition to another role, such as teaching or helping a teacher facilitate a session, OR
  • Serve on the core committee for one year

Please direct all questions regarding the TA credit requirements and paperwork to Brittany Michel at hprep@hms.harvard.edu.

Pod Info for Current Volunteers

  Protected: HPREP 2018-2019 Mentoring Pods

  Protected: HPREP 2017-2018 Mentoring Pods