- High school and college students, here’s your chance to spend part of your summer at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler learning about science while getting hands-on experience with top researchers.
The primary goal of this program is to provide a stimulating hands-on experience in scientific research as well as direct observation of professionals in health care. This will integrate the theoretical knowledge students have gained in biology, chemistry and physics with their practical implications.
Skills and techniques a student may learn include biochemical assays, molecular biology techniques, starting cell cultures, electrophoresis, chromatography, electrophysiology, light and electron microscopy.
Three days each week, interns work on biomedical research projects in labs next to experienced scientists whose research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and organizations such as the American Heart Association. The other two days, they shadow physicians to learn what working in a medical setting is like. Clinical departments may include radiology, clinical nutrition, pharmacy, cardiac cath lab, respiratory therapy, sleep lab, physical and occupational therapy.
Students will generally rotate 2 days of the week for clinical rotations and 3 days for lab sessions. Interns report to the program each morning at 8:30 a.m., at which point participants will sign in, then go to designated areas, attend any noon conferences, and may sign out at 4:00 p.m. (earlier or later per supervisor agreement).
Applicant must be 16 years or older by May and must have completed at least two years of high school (beginning juniors, seniors, seniors/incoming college freshman) or college undergraduate students. Interns should have good academic standing and be interested in biomedical science related careers.
High school/college students over 16 years of age who have a goal of engaging medical science careers (MD, PhD, or related health fields). Participants will be selected by competitive review of applications. Preference will be given to new participants who have not previously been admitted to the program.
The cost of participation in the program is $250 by June 4, exclusive of whether the participant completed the program or not. Scholarships are available and predicated on demonstrated need.
Students can apply online now. Applications must be submitted by April 15.
A selection committee will review applications and students will be notified of their acceptance status by April 30.