School of Medicine

Student Opportunities for Advancement in Research


SOAR Office

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences along with the School of Medicine has established the Office of Student Opportunities for Advancement in Research (SOAR). The purpose of the SOAR Office is to educate and support all BCM medical students interested in pursuing research opportunities offered at Baylor College of Medicine and its affiliates. The SOAR database provides students with an opportunity to identify research projects and gain valuable research experience while pursuing their medical studies. The SOAR Office also offers SOAR Travel Awards to support medical student research presentations at scientific and medical conferences.

SOAR Database 

The simple-to-use, searchable SOAR database medical students to identify projects in their area of interest and to connect with faculty willing to serve as mentors for their research experience. BCM Faculty can list projects in the searchable database as a means to attract medical students to their labs. Once a project has been selected, students must complete the NICER Authorization for Research Activities Form before starting their research. More information about NICER is available. Additionally, if you cannot find a project that meets your needs or interests in the SOAR database, you may search the VIICTR profiles website, which provides options to search our faculty by research interests and view faculty publications.

Project Notifications

Use of the “My Account” tab gives you the option of setting alerts for keywords. Once you have created your keyword profile, you will be alerted by the database each time a project containing your keyword(s) of interest is posted. You may also bookmark projects for later review. Instructions outlining steps for searching the database, registering keywords or bookmarking projects of interest is available.

Posting a Project?

BCM Faculty members can list projects in the SOAR database. Click on the ‘My Projects’ tab in the SOAR database then select ‘Add New Project Listing’ and begin submission of your project information. Step-by-step instructions for entering a project are available. You can start a submission, save, and return to your draft submission. A project title, project description (2,500 characters or less), contact information, and project time frame are necessary to post a project. Once your project has been submitted, it will be reviewed by the SOAR office, and once complete, it will be posted.


Looking to Apply for a SOAR Travel Award?


Information and application instructions can be found on the SOAR Travel Awards page.


Need to Speak in Person?


Should you want to discuss any issues or questions in person, you may drop by to visit Kirt Martin, in the SOAR office located at room N204X in the GSBS suite or email ( to set up a Zoom call.