SMS Summer Research Program

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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.

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 the minimum wage for the state of Texas. 

In January, following completion of a student's placement with the Summer Research program, students will be required to present a research poster highlighting their research work at the Annual Houston Premedical Academy Research Symposium sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity at Baylor.

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 early June), and continues for a period of eight straight weeks. This 2018 program will take place from June 5 through July 28. Students must be available to work each Monday-Friday through those dates in order to apply for the program.

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 January (during the school year, whether still in high school or a freshman in college), they should not apply for the program.  

What makes a student eligible for the Summer Research Program?

To apply, students must:

•  Have completed or be currently enrolled in 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)

•  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 HPA Research Symposium at Baylor in January of the year proceeding placement

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. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered:

Applications for 2018 have closed. Please check back in Feb. 2019 to apply for next year's program. Students can apply through their senior year of high school as long as they meet all eligibility requirements.

To be considered for placement, all completed materials must be submitted to the SMS program No later than March 30, 2018 via email or U.S. mail (we do not have a fax machine). If you send the materials through the mail, they need to arrive at our office on or before the deadline for full consideration – not be postmarked by the deadline. Due to the shortened timeline we have this year for reviewing applications, interviewing candidates, and selecting students, we are unable to accept any late submissions.

•  To send your application by email:

•  To send the materials via U.S. Mail:

Saturday Morning Science
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza, BCM119
Houston, TX 77030

Selected candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview after review of all applications. 

For questions about the program or about the application process, contact Laura Perry Olilo at or (713) 798-8646.