Saturday Morning Science Summer Research Program

HPA Symposium 2016 (320x240)
Summer Research student Ebe Ewere explains his research poster to Career Development & Student Services Manager, Reggie Toussant

What is the Summer Research Program?

The Summer Research Program is an eight-week summer program where high school students who have completed the Saturday Morning Science program can apply to work in the lab of a Baylor College of Medicine researcher. The program's primary aim is to reach students who may have less access to early research opportunities by helping them gain valuable lab experience and mentoring, cultivating their excitement and curiosity for science, technology, and research.

Selected students work directly on a project for 40 hours/week for the duration of the eight-week period. In addition, students attend weekly ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity at Baylor. At these sessions, students learn about various aspects of research and professional development over a shared meal with their cohorts. As a participant of the Summer Research Program, students are hired as Baylor employees under the title of Summer Project Intern and are paid a stipend. 

Students who participate in the Summer Research program will be required to present a research poster highlighting their research work at the Center for Excellence in Health Equity, Training, and Research (COE) Annual Summer Research Summit in June of the year following their placement (i.e., students selected for the 2019 summer program must present a poster at the research symposium in June 2020).

What are the dates of the Summer Research Program?

The program typically takes place within a week of area schools letting out for summer break (usually the first or second week of June), and continues for a period of eight straight weeks. Students must be available to work each Monday-Friday through those dates in order to apply for the program. Please do not apply if you have travel plans and/or other work/school commitments that would prevent you from working full time each of those weeks.

What hours does a Summer Project Intern work?

Summer Project Interns work 40 hours/week, Monday – Friday. This is a full-time job for the duration of the eight-week period. The actual start and end time each day are determined by the researcher the students are assigned to, but the total hours each week will add up to 40 hours. If the student plans to take a family vacation, a volunteer trip, work another job that coincides with these dates, etc. they should not apply for the program. If the student does not think they can prepare and present a poster in a symposium in June the following year after completing the program, they should not apply for the program. Both full time attendance and presenting  a research poster at the research symposium are commitments all Summer Research students must adhere to.

What makes a student eligible for the Summer Research Program?

To apply (applications typically open for two weeks each spring), students must:

•  Have completed or be currently enrolled in (and successfully complete) the Saturday Morning Science Program

•  Be 16 years of age by June 1 of the year applying (no exceptions, in accordance with federal law)

•  Be fully vaccinated with vaccinations up to date (no exceptions - this is for the safety of the student due to the nature of lab work)

•  Be able to show proof of health insurance coverage for the 8 week program, if selected for placement

•  Have a U.S. social security card or a U.S. permanent resident card

•  Be committed to work eight full weeks in the summer and complete all of the requirements of the program

•  Be committed to presenting a research poster at the COE Annual Summer Research Summit in June of the year following student's placement year

How to Apply

To be considered for the Summer Research Program, students must submit a complete application packet no later than the deadline set for applications (applications sent by mail must be received in our office by the deadline). Applications for 2019 have now closed. Information for the 2020 application cycle will be available beginning early spring of 2020.

Students can apply through their senior year of high school as long as they meet all eligibility requirements.

For questions about the program or about the application process, contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity at institutionaldiversity@bcm.edu or (713) 798-8646.