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Saturday Morning Science

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Saturday Morning Science is an exciting community outreach program sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.

The program is aimed to motivate inner city students from the 7th to the 12th grade to reach their highest potential. We emphasize the importance of a good, solid education and expose students to summer enrichment programs and careers in the biosciences. Our main goal is to reinforce the idea that college is not an option, but an obligation.

All of the lectures and workshops are conducted on the campus of Baylor College of Medicine on Saturday mornings starting in early January and ending in May. The sessions stress the importance of math and science in a creative and fun way and are taught by physicians and scientists, and assisted by our medical, allied health, and graduate students.

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Online Registration for SMS 2019 Now Closed

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The SMS program is 10 sessions. Students register to attend for the full 10-session program - not for individual dates.

The dates for SMS 2019 are listed below. Each session begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. Please click the "Application" link on the right side of this page to register.

Registration for 2020 session will open in November 2019.

  • Saturday, Jan. 5 and 19
  • Saturday, Feb. 2 and 16
  • Saturday, March 9 and 23
  • Saturday, April 13 and 27
  • Saturday, May 4 and 18
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The Saturday Morning Science Summer Research Program for high school students was founded in 2008. This program matches high school students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine with a Baylor College of Medicine faculty member to work in a lab on a project for an 8-week period during the summer.

The participating faculty member may hold a grant with the National Institutes of Health, or the position may be funded through donations or other science-based organizations. For additional impact and experience, each of the students prepares a research poster based on their 8-week internship at the Annual HPA Research Symposium in January.

Applications for this summer research program are made available to students, age 16 and above, who are enrolled in or have previously completed the general Saturday Morning Science program. Please note this program is held on a year-to-year basis depending on the availability of funding and lab placements.

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SMS Registration Will Reopen in Nov 2019

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Get all of the information you need about the application process for SMS.

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SMS Experience

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Dr. James L. Phillips, along with two medical students, provide a glimpse into the Saturday Summer Science program at Baylor College of Medicine.

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Drawing in Tomorrow's Leaders

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Learn more about the Saturday Morning Science, which was featured on the Baylor College of Medicine blog, Momentum.

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SMS Registration Open Through Dec. 31

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SMS is a 10-session community outreach program for 7th - 12th grade students from under-served areas of Houston.

The dates for the 2019 SMS program are listed below (all dates listed are Saturdays). Each session begins at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast, and concludes at 11:30 a.m. All sessions are held at the Baylor College of Medicine Main Campus at One Baylor Plaza, Houston, Texas, 77030.

If you are not able to attend the majority of the program dates, you should not apply for the program. To receive a completion certificate, students must attend at least seven of the 10 sessions.

  • Jan. 5 and 19
  • Feb. 2 and 16
  • March 9 and 23
  • April 13 and 27
  • May 4 and 18
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Current Session

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Applications for Saturday Morning Science 2019 are open through Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. As the program begins the following week, we are unable to accommodate late registrations.

This is the 14th anniversary of the program and we are so excited to meet a new group of students who want exposure to careers in medicine and bioscience research!

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Online Registration

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To register, please read everything on this page and follow the instructions:

  • Complete the online registration via the registration link below (during the designated registration period, usually from October to December. This application includes an essay question.
  • As part of the registration process, you and your parent/guardian will electronically accept the supplemental student contract and parent/guardian authorization.
  • Pay the commitment fee of $50 online during the registration process, or by mail (online payment is preferred, if possible). If paying by mail, be sure to include your Registration ID (provided when you submit your application) on the check/money order.
  • Once you have completed registering, you will receive confirmation of your acceptance into the SMS program in late December, after registration has closed.
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Online Registration

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To register, please read everything on this page and follow the instructions:

  • Complete the online registration via the registration link below (during the designated registration period, usually from October to December. This application includes an essay question.
  • As part of the registration process, you and your parent/guardian will electronically accept the supplemental student contract and parent/guardian authorization.
  • Pay the commitment fee of $50 online during the registration process, or by mail (online payment is preferred, if possible). If paying by mail, be sure to include your Registration ID (provided when you submit your application) on the check/money order.
  • Once you have completed registering, you will receive confirmation of your acceptance into the SMS program in late December, after registration has closed.
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SMS Registration Fee

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The one-time fee for the SMS program is $50 per student. This is the only cost for the complete 10-week SMS program. Payments can be made using the online credit card terminal at the end of the online application (preferred, if possible), or by personal check or money order. If paying by personal check or money order, please be sure to include the Registration ID from your completed application on the check or money order.

Please make checks payable to Saturday Morning Science.

Saturday Morning Science
One Baylor Plaza, MS: BCM 119
Houston, TX 77030

If you have questions about the SMS program, please email SaturdayMorningScience@bcm.edu or call (713) 798-8646.

*We are so grateful for the support of area schools who wish to financially sponsor their students' enrollment in SMS! We ask that payment be made by check for any schools that wish to pay for a group of their students to attend the program. Thank you!

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Online Registration

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Registration for SMS 2019 will remain open through Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. Due to the program starting the following week, we will be unable to accommodate any late registration requests.

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Drawing in Tomorrow's Leaders

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Learn more about the Saturday Morning Science program, which was featured on the Baylor College of Medicine Momentum blog.

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Dr. James L. Phillips, Senior Associate Dean, Professor of Pediatrics
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The cornerstone of any program to improve cultural diversity is the CEO of the institution. In 1992, only one African American student matriculated at Baylor College of Medicine as a member of the class of 1996.

With the CEO and President Dr. William T. Butler concerned about the underserved in our country and the paucity of physicians from the groups of underserved in medicine, a major effort was begun at Baylor College of Medicine to increase the enrollment and graduation of students underrepresented in medicine. He was also the national chair of Project 3000 by 2000, the AAMC's initiative for cultural diversity that was started in 1991.

Dr. Butler recruited a dean with a strong track record of improving cultural diversity at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dr. James L. Phillips, now senior associate dean and professor of the Department of Pediatrics, Office of Diversity and Community Outreach at Baylor College of Medicine.

With unequivocal support from Dr. Butler, and his successors, initiatives were established, enhanced and maintained, such that Baylor has been one of the leading schools in the enrollment of students underrepresented in medicine (URM). In 2007, 902 URMs applied to Baylor College of Medicine compared to 240 in 1993. In 2006, URMs constituted 28 percent of BCM's matriculates in the 1st year class, compared to 7 percent in 1993.

With the philosophy that the entire environment of the school must be addressed, Dr. Phillips proceeded to enhance some of the programs already established, while also starting new programs to impact the pipeline of future medical students.

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