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SMS Summer Research Program

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The Summer Research Program is a six-week summer program where high school students (must be 18 or older by June 1, 2021) work in the lab of a Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) researcher. If hired, you would work directly on a project for about 40 hours per week for the duration of the six-week period. In addition to this, you would attend weekly virtual "Lunch and Learn" sessions sponsored by the SMS Program and Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity at BCM. At these sessions, you will learn about various aspects of research and professional development. As a participant of the Summer Research Program, you will be hired as a BCM employee under the title of Summer Project Intern. As a Summer Project Intern you will receive a stipend. 

At the culmination of the summer, you will be invited to present your research to the 2021 Summer Research Reimagined Virtual Summer Program.

In June of the year following your completion of the Summer Research Program (June 2022), you will be invited to present a research poster highlighting your work at the Annual Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training, and Research (COE) Research Summit sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity at BCM. 

Please note that placement in the program is extremely competitive from year to year due to limited availability of labs and funding. This year, we are especially limited given restrictions on numbers of students due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thus are only able to place 5-10 students. If you are not selected for an interview or for placement, please do not be discouraged! We encourage you to apply to and participate in the 2021 SMS Summer Research Reimagined Program that will be entirely virtual, but open to all previous SMS participants (and allows the opportunity for virtual lab experiences, research seminars and career development opportunities).

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Online Registration for SMS Summer Research 2021 is Now Open

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In order to be considered for the Summer Research Program, you must submit ALL of the following in ONE APPLICATION PACKET no later than the deadline of May 24, 2021.

Registration process:

  1. Have your school complete the school form on your behalf
  2. Write a biographical sketch in the format provided which includes each of the following (cannot be longer than four pages)
    • A statement outlining your research interests and/or career goals
    • Evidence of your scientific interest and/or achievement
    • A current resume of your activities, leadership experience, and current or past jobs if applicable
    • Please ensure you sign your biographical sketch
  3. Complete application form using the blue “Register Now” button below.

Application must be completed no later than May 24, 2021. Late submissions will NOT be accepted.

Selected candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview after review of all applications. Interviews will be held in late-May, with selections announced by the first week of June.

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For additional questions about the program or about the application process, please contact our office at (713) 798-8172 or via email at saturdaymorningscience@bcm.edu.