"UM-SMART" summer research program

I am writing to make you aware of a 10-week summer undergraduate research program sponsored by the University of Michigan Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP, which is an MD/PhD program) on the medical campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The "UM-SMART" summer research program is designed to provide an opportunity for highly motivated and talented undergraduates interested in careers as physician scientists to enhance their science and academic skills. Applicants will gain valuable research experience by performing full-time research under the direction of a faculty mentor in a research lab.

Application opens:  October 15, 2018

Application deadline:  January 18, 2019

Summer Program dates: May 28-Aug 4, 2019

Program Highlights: (see the website or the attached brochure for more information)

This is a funded program.  Students receive a stipend of $4,400 plus double occupancy dormitory housing.

The main scientific focus of the summer program is to provide full-time laboratory biomedical research, as well as

  • Two half day clinical shadowing experiences
  • Online MCAT preparation
  • Poster presentation and seminars
  • “Big Sib” Program
  • Attend 3-day MSTP annual scientific retreat

Eligibility: (see the website or the attached brochure for more information)

The program is targeted towards undergraduate students who are US citizens or permanent US residents who come from an educational, cultural, or geographic background that is underrepresented in the sciences, or students who have experienced financial hardship or students with disabilities.  In addition, applicants must

  • Complete sophomore year by June 1, 2019
  • Maintain a minimum 3.2 grade point average
  • Complete 100 hours of research lab experience by June 1, 2019
  • Submit two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a research mentor or instructor

To apply to the UM-SMART program, follow this link:  https://umich-smart.smapply.io/prog/um-smart_summer_undergraduate_research_program/

For more information please read the attached brochure or visit our website: https://medicine.umich.edu/medschool/education/md-phd-program/um-smart-undergrad-summer-program

Please pass this information along to any student groups or individual students whom you think might have an interest and would benefit from this program. 

The deadline for application submission is January 18, 2019.

Should you have any questions about the program please feel free to contact me or Justine Hein (heinjm@med.umich.edu)