PRIMO is a 10-week summer residential community of undergraduates participating in research affiliated with HBS faculty, drawn from the entire Harvard undergraduate population. The Program seeks to create a diverse group of Fellows including but not limited to women and underrepresented minorities who are inspired by and are committed to pursuing excellence in business research.

Summer 2017 will be the seventh year for this research experience program, which has been designed to stimulate community and creativity among a small group of motivated Harvard undergraduates.

PRIMO will run from 5 June - 10 August, 2017 and offers Fellows lodging, a partial board plan, and modest research support. Summer Research Village Orientation will begin on 2 June. In addition, Fellows who are financial aid recipients will receive as a term-bill credit the full amount indicated by the financial aid office as their summer savings obligation to the 2017-18 financial aid award.

PRIMO participation is open to any continuing student (rising sophomore, junior, or senior) who is in good standing in Harvard College.

PRIMO Fellows are expected to fully participate and contribute to the community of scholars in evening enrichment activities not associated with individual research projects throughout the term of the Program. While many activities are voluntary, other PRIMO activities, especially those associated with Harvard faculty, are mandatory for all Fellows. Individuals who are taking summer school courses, who are preparing to take summer graduate school admissions tests (such as the GRE, LSAT, and MCAT), or who are engaged in full-time public service projects are not eligible to participate in PRIMO.

PRIMO consists of the following components:

Research Projects

HBS faculty conduct research on a wide variety of topics including accounting, finance, marketing, technology and operations management, strategy, organizational behavior, general management, business-government relations, and entrepreneurship. Faculty members will be preparing research projects for undergraduates to participate in, sometimes pairing one undergraduate with one faculty member, and sometimes pairing groups of faculty members and undergraduates. Students will have access to the research resources of HBS.

Residential life

PRIMO Fellows will live together in a Harvard College House for the duration of the Program. The House Masters will be hosts for PRIMO, along with other College-affiliated research programs (such as PRISE, BLISS, and ASURH) administered by the Office for Undergraduate Research Initiatives (URAF). The URAF staff will be available to assist with limited residential needs of PRIMO participants.


Essential dining services will be available to PRIMO Fellows. Weekday evening meal service will be available in Dudley House along with the other College-affiliated research programs administered by URAF, sometimes in conjunction with evening activities. Midday and weekend meal service will not be available; however, a modest weekday stipend will be available to purchase food in the HBS dining hall in the Spangler Center.

Special Campus-wide Events and Evening Programs

Special evening programming sponsored by URAF featuring prominent researchers and scientists in the Harvard community and the Boston area will be open to all Harvard undergraduates.

Seminars for PRIMO Fellows will include a number of topics specifically designed to augment and enrich their knowledge about research and careers in academia and in business. Topics such as business research resources, software programs, research ethics, poster presentations, and postgraduate career opportunities will be offered throughout the Program.

In addition, Fellows will have the opportunity to practice speaking about their research, in both small and large groups throughout the summer.

Recreational and Social Programs

PRIMO Fellows are eligible to register for free use of Harvard athletic facilities, including the Malkin Athletic Center, Hemenway Gymnasium, and Blodgett Pool.

A calendar of activities will include a range of opportunities to socialize and take advantage of Boston's cultural and recreational summer offerings, including a variety of excursions and Fellow-initiated community events sponsored by URAF for the College-affiliated research programs.