Application opens: October 15, 2018
Application deadline: January 18, 2019
Summer Program dates: May 28-Aug 4, 2019
Are you an undergraduate student who is interested in learning more about what it means to be a physician-scientist?
The UM-SMART program offers students an opportunity to participate in biomedical research and gain exposure to clinical medicine at Michigan Medicine, a highly ranked academic medical center with top-10 funding from the National Institutes of Health.
As a UM-SMART summer research fellow, you will work full-time in a basic research laboratory under the mentorship
of a research faculty member. Participating in UM-SMART may help you decide if this is the right career path for you
and could enhance your competitiveness when applying to MD/PhD programs.
Their 10-week program is aimed at students who have some amount of basic and mechanistic research experience related to medicine and are interested in gaining more experience to advance their career goals. UM-SMART is not intended for students seeking clinical research experience on human subjects.
The UM-SMART Program is designed for students who want to:
- Perform full-time research under the direction of a faculty mentor in a research laboratory.
- Receive a stipend of $4,400 plus double-occupancy dormitory housing on campus. Breakfast and dinner are provided by the University of Michigan’s Meal Service. Transportation costs up to $200 are reimbursed with receipts.
- Gain clinical exposure by participating in two half-day physician shadowing experiences.
- Attend the 3-day annual MSTP scientific retreat including participation in a poster session.
- Participate in selfpaced online MCAT preparation.
- Connect with a “Big Sib” student advisor who is currently in the MSTP.
- Participate in a poster session on campus with undergraduate students from other University of Michigan biomedical research summer programs.
- Gain exposure to biomedical research by attending weekly scientific seminars.
Applicants must come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in the sciences, or have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances, or have a physical or mental disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
Additionally, applicants must:
- Be a current undergraduate student (completed sophomore year by June 1, 2019). We do not accept students who are applying to medical or graduate school in 2018 for possible admission in 2019.
- Be a US citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
- Completed a physiology, biology, biochemistry or organic chemistry course, preferably with lab.
- Have at least 100 hours of experience in a research lab by June 1, 2019. (This is in addition to completing the lab associated with a science course.)
- Submit two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a research mentor or the instructor of a laboratory course.
- Maintain a 3.2 cumulative grade point average.
- Show proof of health insurance.
For more information please visit their website: https://medicine.umich.edu/medschool/education/md-phd-program/um-smart-undergrad-summer-program
To apply to the UM-SMART program, follow this link: https://umich-smart.smapply.io/prog/um-smart_summer_undergraduate_research_program/