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If you are a UTHMS first-year medical student, you can gain hands-on laboratory experience under the supervision of a faculty sponsor during the summer between your first and second year of medical school. As part of our program, you will  receive special training in laboratory and radiation safety, laboratory animal methodology, research technology, and biomedical ethics. Also, as part of the program you will attend weekly seminars by guest speakers focusing on cutting-edge research and career development.

As a summer research program student you will be guided by your faculty mentor on a research project over a 10-week period.  Students are expected to work 40 hours per week on their research in their selected faculty mentor's laboratory. At the conclusion of the program you will submit an abstract of your research. Your mentor will also help you develop a poster that must be presented at the annual Research Forum held in the fall.


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There are potentially three sources of funding for the Summer Research Program.  All students should apply to the Program to receive support. Students who do not receive funding are encouraged to negotiate a stipend with their faculty mentor. Students are also permitted to work as laboratory volunteers while still receiving full credit for the program.

Students are encouraged to apply specifically for one of the 21 National Institutes of Health (NIH), Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) stipends.  To qualify for funding from either of these institutes, you must select a mentor from the approved faculty preceptors list for NIDDK or NINDS.

Finding a Faculty Mentor

Students are encouraged to identify a faculty mentor early in their MS-1 spring semester. Review of past abstracts is recommended as well as speaking with students who participated in the program in the past.

The SRP website contains a list of departments and faculty who have previously participated in the program. This list does not represent a compilation of all faculty who are interested in accepting students. Students who are not competing for a NIH stipend are free to identify any UT medical school faculty member for collaboration.

If you need help finding a faculty mentor, attend the Summer Research Opportunity Fair in February (5th floor gallery). Departments/faculty will be available to talk with you about their research projects.

Program Opportunities

All students will have the opportunity for the following:

  • Participation in the C. Frank Webber Prize for Student Research Competition at the Summer Research Program Research Forum. Prizes range from $400 - $750.
  • Student abstracts will be published on the Summer Research Program website.
  • Upon successful completion of the program, a letter will be sent to the student’s blue book.

Contact Us

Program Coordinator: Vaccaro Greaves
Summer Research Program
6431 Fannin JJL 315
Houston TX 77030
Telephone: (713) 500-5105
Fax: (713) 500-0603