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About the Program

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What is Saturday Morning Science? 

Saturday Morning Science (SMS) is a 12-week long program held on Saturdays throughout the year. SMS allows 6th – 12th graders in Houston and surrounding areas to participate in interactive sessions designed to enhance exposure to STEM careers and topics (including basic scientific research, clinical research, medical careers, career development activities, and mentored small group experiences). Saturday Morning Science Fall 2022 will be entirely virtual and consist of 2-hour virtual sessions (using Zoom) on six different Saturday mornings between late October and mid-December. The first half of the session will consist of an invited lecturer or large group activity, and the second half will consist of a small group interactive discussion facilitated by BCM faculty, students, or staff.

Due to the virtual nature of SMS Fall 2022, we encourage repeat applicants in addition to new applicants as we will have plenty of “space!" We also can include students from outside of Texas who are interested in health careers!

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Online Registration for SMS Fall 2022 is Open

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What are the dates of the SMS Fall 2022?

This year’s program will take place from Oct. 22 through Dec. 17, 2022. Students must attend a minimum of four sessions to receive credit for the program. 

  • Oct. 22, 2022
  • Oct. 29, 2022
  • Nov. 12, 2022
  • Nov. 19, 2022
  • Dec. 3, 2022
  • Dec. 17, 2022

Eligibility Requirements

What makes me eligible for the SMS Fall 2022 Program? 

Everyone is welcome to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status as long as they meet these eligibility criteria:

  • Student must currently be in 6th – 12th grade
  • Be committed to attend a minimum of four sessions and participate in group discussion 

Registration Process

How do I apply?

In order to be considered for the SMS Fall 2022 Program, you must submit ALL of the following in ONE APPLICATION PACKET no later than the deadline set for applications. Incomplete and/or late applications WILL NOT be considered.

  • A statement outlining your career goals and interest in the SMS program. This should be no longer than half a page but can be as short as two to three sentences. The statement should include what you hope to gain from a program like SMS that may not be offered by your school
  • If you have previously participated in SMS, please include a sentence or two on what you gained from your previous SMS experience and what you hope to gain this year.

Deadlines

Application Deadline has been extended to Tuesday, Oct. 18th!

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Program Cost

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As the program is currently being held virtually, there are no registration fees at this time.

If you have questions about the SMS program, please email SaturdayMorningScience@bcm.edu or call (713) 798-3614.

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SMS Experience

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Rayne H. Rouce, M.D., Associate Director of Community Engagement Director of Saturday Morning Science
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The cornerstone of any program to improve cultural diversity is the CEO of the institution. In 1992, only one African American student matriculated at Baylor College of Medicine as a member of the class of 1996.

With then CEO and President Dr. William T. Butler concerned about the underserved in our country and the paucity of physicians from the groups of underserved in medicine, a major effort was begun at Baylor College of Medicine to increase the enrollment and graduation of students underrepresented in medicine. He was also the national chair of Project 3000 by 2000, the AAMC's initiative for cultural diversity that was started in 1991.

Dr. Butler recruited a dean with a strong track record of improving cultural diversity at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine - Dr. James L. Phillips, now senior associate dean and professor of the Department of Pediatrics, Office of Diversity and Community Outreach at Baylor College of Medicine.

With unequivocal support from Dr. Butler and his successors, initiatives were established, enhanced and maintained, such that Baylor has been one of the leading schools in the enrollment of students underrepresented in medicine (URM). In 2007, 902 URMs applied to Baylor College of Medicine compared to 240 in 1993. In 2006, URMs constituted 28 percent of BCM's matriculates in the first-year class, compared to 7 percent in 1993.

With the philosophy that the entire environment of the school must be addressed, Dr. Phillips proceeded to enhance some of the programs already established, while also starting new programs to impact the pipeline of future medical students.

In 2018, upon Dr. Phillips’ retirement, he passed on the torch of leading Saturday Morning Science to Dr. Rayne H. Rouce, a Baylor physician-scientist passionate about community outreach and STEM education.

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'Saturday Morning Science' inspires medical student to give back to community

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Medical student Chelsea Livingston reflects on her Saturday Morning Science experience and why she wants to inspire others to work in STEM on the Baylor College of Medicine blog, Momentum.

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Drawing in Tomorrow's Leaders

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Learn more about the Saturday Morning Science program, which was featured on the Baylor College of Medicine Momentum blog.

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