UM-SMART Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Application open dates
October 15, 2018 - January 18, 2019
May 28 - August 4, 2019
The UM-SMART summer undergraduate research program offers undergraduate students with a 3.2 cumulative GPA or above an opportunity to spend time working in a basic research lab under the mentorship of a research faculty member. In addition to performing full-time lab research throughout the ten week program, students participate in two half-day physician shadowing experiences in order to gain clinical exposure. Other highlights of the UM-SMART program include: having a “Big Sib” student advisor, receiving comprehensive MCAT study materials, learning about faculty research by attending scientific seminars, participating in poster sessions, and attending the 3-day MSTP annual scientific retreat. Participants receive a $4400 stipend plus double-occupancy dormitory housing on campus.
In order to apply for the UM-SMART program, applicants must be a US Citizen or permanent resident of the US and a current undergraduate sophomore, junior or senior. Additionally, at least one of the following criteria must be met: applicants must come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in the sciences, 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. Applicants should have completed at least 100 hours of experience in a basic science research lab before June of the year of participation in the program. Two letters of recommendation are required, at least one of which is submitted by a research mentor or the instructor of a laboratory course.
Participating in the UM-SMART summer research program may help you decide if becoming a physician scientist is the right career path for you, and could enhance your competitiveness when applying to MD/PhD programs. The UM-SMART program is offered by the University of Michigan Medical Scientist Training Program.