Summer Multicultural Advancement Research Training

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The Summer Multicultural Advanced Research Training (SMART) Program brings undergraduate students to the UNT Health Science Center campus to participate in a 10-week biomedical sciences project. Participants become familiar with the varied disciplines and methodology used in biomedical research.

SMART is a program for multicultural students made possible in part by the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The NIH has designated African Americans, Native Americans, Mexican Americans and Mainland Puerto Ricans as underrepresented populations in the sciences. However, through additional funding provided by our corporate partners, UNT Health Science Center invites applications from all interested students.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students completing freshman year and sophomore students
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent residency
  • Major in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or other life science
  • Intention of pursuing education beyond the bachelor’s level

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Program Components

  • Academic advising
  • Library and electronic research techniques
  • Preparation for research
  • Faculty mentors
  • Research presentation skills
  • Information and strategies for financial support in graduate school
  • Advice on selecting a graduate school

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Summer Research Internship

Participants will be awarded faculty-mentored summer research internships. These internships are full-time ten-week commitments. Interns will:

  • work with faculty mentor whose research interests are related to their own;
  • receive a stipend plus room and partial board and two semester credit hours upon successful completion;
  • write a paper based on the intern’s research results, which will be submitted for presentation at a national meeting; and
  • develop a computer-assisted oral presentation and a research poster to be presented at conclusion of the program and at a national conference.
  • program runs May 18 through July 24, 2015

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Application Packet

The following materials must be submitted by the applicant by March 20, 2015 (This is not a postmark date. All materials must be received by March 20th for consideration):

  • Application
  • Transcripts from the all undergraduate institutions attended
  • Endorsement Form

All application materials become the property of UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth and cannot be returned.

Send application materials to:

UNT Health Science Center
SMART Program
Attn: Pat Baker
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76107-2699

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