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Summer Research Program

Overview

From the Director

The purpose of the program is to give undergraduate students from any institution who have an interest in pursuing a future career in biomedical research the opportunity to work in a laboratory and perform a research project during the summer. The 10-week program consists of students working closely with Texas A&M University College of Medicine faculty on research projects in basic or clinical science disciplines. Selected participants are matched with a faculty mentor in their area of interest and will assist with a research project gaining insight into the development and implementation of biomedical research.

The program also features group activities including weekly meetings in which principles of scientific investigation, ethical aspects of human and animal experimentation, and career development will be discussed. Students will also attend scientific seminars and workshops. Faculty mentors are located on the College of Medicine campuses in Bryan-College Station and Houston.

We look forward to your application and seeing you on campus this summer.

Brett Mitchell, PhD, FAHA

Program Dates

Application Open: October, 2019
10-week program: May 18-July 24, 2020

Expectations

The objectives of this program are substantial and rigorous and require full-time student commitment. Participants are expected to complete the entire program and present their projects at Research Day.

Research Day

Research Day (July 24, 2020) is the accumulation of all the hard work participants have put in throughout the summer. It is a one day event where participants present their research to judges, students and faculty. Awards will be given for the best presentations. Research Day also includes lunch and a keynote speaker.

Booklet

2019 Summer Research Program Booklet

2008 to 2018 Booklet Archives

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Stipend Information

Selected program participants will receive a stipend of $4,000 for the 10-week program period.

American Heart Association Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The Texas A&M University College of Medicine’s Summer Research Program received support from the American Heart Association SouthWest Affiliate that will provide $4,000 stipends to selected students who perform cardiovascular research during the 10-week program. The goal of the AHA SURF program is to encourage students to pursue careers in cardiovascular research. Undergraduate students from Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming are eligible for the fellowships. The top five accepted applicants who indicate their research interest is cardiovascular science and select a laboratory that specializes in cardiovascular research will be designated a Texas A&M Health Science Center AHA SURF Fellow.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am an undergraduate student at another institution, can I apply?

Yes. Complete the application and indicate which location you would like to work.

I am a master's degree student at the Texas A&M Health Science Center or at another institution, am I eligible for the program?

Unfortunately the program is only for students who have yet to obtain a bachelor's degree.

I want to travel for the summer, are the dates or hours flexible?

No. All program participants must perform full-time research in the laboratory if accepted into the program.

Can I skip the poster session at the end of the program?

No, it is mandatory in order to complete the program.

Are the weekly seminar sessions mandatory?

Yes.

Should I contact the mentor prior to applying?

Undergraduate students are encouraged to contact potential PIs and discuss availability and project ideas, however this is not mandatory.

I am interested in clinical research, does that count?

A research project will have a hypothesis, methods of data collection, and a conclusion. Most faculty have experience in deriving such projects. Lastly, the mentor must be affiliated with the Texas A&M System College of Medicine.

Which Summer Research Program sites can I participate at?

Any faculty members of Texas A&M College of Medicine are eligible as mentors. We have sites in Houston, Bryan and College Station.

If I am from out of town or wish to work at another location, is there housing available for the summer?

Housing is provided in Bryan-College Station. Housing is NOT provided in Houston.

 

I am an international student, am I eligible to apply?

Yes, international students and undergraduate students at international institutions are eligible to apply for the program. If selected, international students may have to submit extra documentation.

How to Apply

The Summer Research Program application is located on the Texas A&M University Health Science Center's BAMF system. Select applications then add Admissions - Summer Research Program 2020.

When you create an account in BAMF, you will need to establish a password. This is done by clicking preferences in the drop down menu under your name. If you forget to do this before you log out, you can click the "Forgot Password" button on the login page.

Application Requirements

Undergraduate student applicants are required to submit official transcript(s) and two letters of recommendation in addition to submitting the online application. The deadline for receipt of the application, transcript(s), and letters of recommendation is Feb. 9, 2020.

It is the applicant's responsibility to have official transcript(s) and two recommendation letters (signed and on letterhead) sent to the following email or address by Feb. 9, 2020.

Email: COM-SummerResearch@tamhsc.edu

Texas A&M University College of Medicine
Medical Research and Education Building II, Suite C1306
COM Research and Graduate Studies Office, Mary Ann Wolff
Summer Undergraduate Research Program
8447 Riverside Pkwy
Bryan, TX 77807-1359

Notification of Admission

Notification of admission to the Summer Research Program will begin mid March.

Summer Research Mentors

Mentors are from the following areas/concentrations: Cancer, Cardiovascular, Clinical Neurosurgery, Clinical Sciences & Outcomes Research, Immunology, Medical Microbiology, Molecular Medicine, and Neuroscience.

For more information on potential mentors, please see the biography information for the Medical Sciences Faculty.