Saturday Morning Science is an exciting community outreach program sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, under the leadership of Dr. James L. Phillips.
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, scientists, astronauts, and our medical and graduate students.
The SMS program is 10 sessions. Students register to attend for the full 10-session program - not for individual dates.
The dates for SMS 2018 are listed below. Each session begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m.
- Saturday, Jan. 6 and 20
- Saturday, Feb. 3 and 17
- Saturday, March 3 and 24
- Saturday, April 7 and 21
- Saturday, May 5 and 12
Dr. Phillips also founded the Saturday Morning Science Summer Research Program for high school students 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.