Summer Opportunities in Anatomy Research

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SOAR 2019

May 13 – July 19, 2019


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.


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 2020 annual meeting of the American Association of Anatomists in San Diego, California.
  • Participate in a 1-week gross anatomy workshop.
  • Provide leadership in anatomy outreach activities.
  • Explore graduate training opportunities.
  • Develop scientific communication skills.
Cecelia Lab

Cecelia Soar Poster 2018 SOAR intern Cecelia Schaefer (Anthropology major, UT-Austin)

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Richard Soar Poster2018 SOAR intern Richard Saavedra (Anthropology major, Texas State University)

Current SOAR research mentors

  • Dr. Matthew Kesterke:  Skeletal biology, human variation, craniofacial growth and development, biomechanics, paleopathology.
  • Dr. Scott Maddux: Human evolution, modern human variation, craniofacial skeletal anatomy, respiratory biomechanics, thermoregulation and climatic adaptation.
  • Dr. Rachel Menegaz: Craniofacial biomechanics, TMJ kinematics, impacts of diet on growth, function, and evolution of masticatory tissues.
  • Dr. Magdalena Muchlinski: Primate evolution, bioenergetics, sensory ecology, craniofacial growth and development.


Student requirements:

  • Undergraduate enrollment in Fall 2019 (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 SOAR application portal is now closed. The application deadline was March 1, 2019.

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

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


FundingAmerican Association of Anatomists | Bethesda, MD

The SOAR Program is funded by the American Association of Anatomists Innovation Program.

This page was last modified on March 5, 2019