Our Programs

Through our history, HWI has developed SUCCESSFUL EDUCATION PROGRAMS for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. We are committed to training future scientific leaders –and perhaps our next Nobel Laureate.

We offer a high school apprenticeship program. This unique opportunity gives high school students the opportunity to study evolution and bioinformatics in the laboratory of Hauptman Distinguished Scientist, Dr. William L. Duax. Past participants have competed in science fairs, been admitted to prestigious colleges and universities, and earned scholarships.

Students who are accepted into the program will be given flexibility with their schedule. Students may work Fridays, after school, or during part of their summer vacations.

High School Science Summer Schools and Apprenticeships at HWI.

HWI High School Internship Program Application (2016)

The Roy Carver Foundation and donations from various supporters sponsor the high school program.
The focus of the UB/HWI Structural Biology Department is biological form and function at the level of the three-dimensional atomic architecture of biological macromolecules and macromolecular assemblies. The department’s program of graduate studies provides thorough training in the principles and practice of the main methodologies of structural molecular biology, namely: protein expression, purification, and crystallization; X-ray diffraction crystallography; small angle X-ray scattering; and computational structural modeling.

The core faculty of the Structural Biology Department is comprised of scientists from the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, Inc., an internationally renowned biocrystallographic research center. The Institute and Department are housed in a beautiful new building on the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus, adjacent to the new building complex that houses the UB Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Centers for Genetics and Pharmacology.

One track of the structural biology Ph.D. program includes the first-year required course work for the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences. In their second year, students study core courses in the methods of structural biology, and throughout their program of study they take part in departmental seminars. By the beginning of their second year, students choose a thesis or dissertation research topic and faculty advisor, and they commence their degree research. For admission to degree candidacy, students are required to present and defend orally a written proposal for their research project.

The Ph.D. dissertation research must represent an original investigation designed to contribute to new knowledge and understanding of biomolecular form and function or new methodology for research in structural biology. It is expected that the research will normally lead to publication in prominent refereed journals of one or more research papers of which the student is the principal author.

For more informtion, contact the Department Chair:

Michael Malkowski, PhD
Advance your discovery and understanding of science while participating in one of our internship programs. Programs administered at the University at Buffalo, Arizona State University and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, will give you the opportunity to delve further into your STEM interests through working directly with research teams, participating in coursework for BioXFEL students, and expanding professional skills in development.

BioXFEL offers Summer Research Internships to highly qualified undergraduate and post-graduate students with backgrounds in physics, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, computer science and all related fields.

Learn more by visiting BioXFEL.
Each year, the Hauptman-Woodward Institute hosts a Student Intern Program for college and university undergraduate students. The program is supported by local companies, foundations, and individuals. The overall purpose of internships is not only to encourage students to pursue careers in the sciences, but also to make them aware of the exciting career opportunities that exist in Western New York. HWI offers students the opportunity to work with world-renowned scientists using state-of-the-art equipment in the fields of molecular biology, crystal growth, X-ray diffraction, and computerized data analysis. Each apprentice is assigned to a specific project and is mentored by a Ph.D. level scientist. Students obtain hands-on experience, complete challenging experiments, and learn new concepts. They tell us that one of the aspects of the program that they enjoy the most is the opportunity to talk about science with the Institute’s scientists. Students spend a minimum of 10 weeks on their project, and some also return during their winter and spring breaks. At the end of the summer, each student makes a short presentation about his or her work in front of the entire scientific staff. In the last three years our interns have joined with other summer interns from UB and Roswell Park for a research day where each student presents a poster on the work that they have done. An internship at HWI complements other educational experiences and equips students with knowledge and skills that are useful when they enter the workplace If you are interested in becoming a student intern, download the instructions for application that include an application form. Deadline for receipt of the application is February 15, 2017. Questions? Contact Dr. Jane F. Griffin, Coordinator of the Summer Intern Program, at T: 716.898.8618 or by e-mail at