Summer Opportunities in Anatomy Research

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SOAR 2020

May 13 – July 17, 2020


Center for Anatomical Sciences

University of North Texas Health Science Center

Fort Worth, Texas




The SOAR (Summer Opportunities in Anatomy Research) program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center provides undergraduate students the opportunity to gain research, education, and outreach experience in the anatomical sciences.


Read the AAA Innovations Grant Report for SOAR 2019



As a SOAR student, you will:

  • Complete a 10-week research internship with a faculty mentor.
  • Receive a stipend of approximately $4,000 plus free housing.
  • Develop a research poster to be presented at the 2021 annual meeting of the American Association for Anatomy in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Participate in a 1-week gross anatomy workshop.
  • Provide leadership in anatomy outreach activities.
  • Explore graduate training opportunities.
  • Develop scientific communication skills.


Current SOAR research mentors

  • Matthew Kesterke, PhD:  Skeletal biology, human variation, craniofacial growth and development, biomechanics, paleopathology.
  • Scott Maddux, PhD: Biological anthropology, human evolution and variation, craniofacial and respiratory anatomy, thermoregulation and climatic adaptation.
  • Rachel Menegaz, PhD: Craniofacial biomechanics, TMJ kinematics, impacts of diet on growth, function, and evolution of masticatory tissues.
  • Emma Wood, MA: Biological anthropology, evolutionary endocrinology, self-domestication hypothesis, dental development and anatomy.


Student requirements:

  • Undergraduate enrollment in Fall 2020 (junior or senior preferred)
  • 18+ years old
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA.
  • US citizenship or permanent residency.
  • Intention of pursuing a research-based graduate degree (traditional MS/PhD,  or dual clinical/research degree such as DO/PhD, MD/PhD, DPT/PhD, etc.) and future career in the anatomical sciences (anatomy, biology, anthropology, paleontology, etc.).  Students looking to attend professional school programs (e.g. DO, MD, DDS, PA, PT, RN) are encouraged to apply for other summer internship opportunities at UNTHSC.
  • Students from underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.


Apply Online

The online SOAR application portal is now open.  You may preview the application here.  Please follow the link below to begin the online application process.


For more information about the SOAR program, please email the SOAR program director, Dr. Rachel Menegaz, at

For information about other undergraduate internship opportunities at UNTHSC, see the Undergraduate Summer Research Internships run by the Center for Diversity and International Programs.


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The SOAR Program is funded by the American Association for Anatomy Innovation Program.





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