Summer Research Program

College Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Information   Medical Student Information    Calendar    Abstract

The UT-Houston Summer Research Program for Undergraduates matches college sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors with faculty scientists to conduct biomedical research in labs throughout the UT Health Science Center at Houston (UT-Houston).

Each year, approximately 30 undergraduate students from Texas and across the nation spend 10 weeks during the summer gaining intensive hands-on laboratory experience under the direction of seasoned faculty researchers and teachers. All undergraduate students are to perform at least 40 hours per week in a research lab.

All program participants also attend weekly, one-hour seminars on cutting-edge biomedical research topics. At the conclusion of the 10-week program, the students write a brief abstract--listing their name and a description of their project--for inclusion in the annual UT-Houston Summer Research Program Abstracts. Students will be provided with instructions, and outline, and will have faculty help in preparing their abstract.


Undergraduate Application
Application Status
Faculty Mentors

summer research student in the lab
Funding: Participants in the program are paid a financial assistance of up to $2,500. Students are responsible for travel and living expenses. A limited number of housing spots are available at a reasonable cost. The student must request housing on the application form.

UT-Houston is a large academic institution located in the Texas Medical Center near Houston's beautiful museum district. UT-Houston comprises six schools: Medical, Dental, Nursing, Biomedical Sciences, Public Health and Allied Health Sciences.

Eligibility & Program Requirements

At the time of application, undergraduate students enrolled in any accredited US college or university during the current academic year may participate, but must NOT have graduated at the time the program begins. With AP credit, freshman can apply to the program as long as the freshman has 12 hours of science credit by the beginning of the program.

To qualify for this program, an undergraduate student must be a United States citizen or an international student enrolled at an accredited undergraduate institution in the U.S. All undergraduate students must be 18 years of age by the start of the SRP program. All undergraduate students are to perform at least 40 hours per week in a research lab. Students must submit transcripts to the program coordinator. Unofficial transcripts are allowed but they must show the student name and the name of the school clearly on the front page (a URL alone is not an acceptable school identifier).

Residents & International Students

Permanent residents are eligible to participate in this program but must meet the requirements for a Social Security card / number. In addition, they must contact the UT-Houston International Affairs Office at 713-500-3176 PRIOR to the first day of the program to ensure proper documentation is received by the university.

International Students are also eligible to participate and must meet the following requirements before the first day of the program:
  • Must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. university.
  • Must have valid Social Security number and card BEFORE applying.
  • Accepted international students must show a passport, I - 94, I - 20 and evidence (letter or notation on I - 20) of permission from the International advisor of your University. Call 713/500-3176 for more information.
  • You will be required to provide these documents or any other documents as stipulated by the United States government to the UT-Houston Office of International Affairs BEFORE you are allowed to start the program.

Transcripts can be emailed or mailed to the Program Coordinator at the address below. A personal statement is required at the end of the application. Please review the guidelines (located in the area before the Personal Statement block) and prepare your statement BEFORE beginning the application. Note that you cannot save an imcomplete application form and continue later. Two letters of reference (these can be sent by email) must come directly from the writer and sent to The letters of reference can come from a professor, employers, volunteer director etc.  The application deadline is February 1.

Supplemental information, including transcripts and letters of recommendation must be e-mailed or postmarked by the February 1 deadline.  Your application will not be considered complete, and not considered for admission, if you miss this deadline.


Copies of immunization records must be provided once a student has been accepted into the program. Required immunizations:

Contact Us

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