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BCM - Baylor College of Medicine

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SMART Program

About Us

The Summer Medical and Research Training (SMART) Program was developed to provide frontier-level, biomedical summer research projects for undergraduates in a supportive environment with supplemental educational activities.

The program offers:

  • Nine paid weeks of biomedically related research in a broad range of areas
  • Daily seminars designed for undergraduates
  • Free SMART GRE prep workshops
  • Career development activities
  • Housing at Rice University dorms

Basic Information

Our program includes a unique daily seminar series created just for program participants, evening movies or talks by patients that provide a "human face" to the cutting edge science you learn in the seminar series. Career development events, like the exciting "Graduate School Night," help you learn about career options and make connections with others who have faced the decisions that you are considering.

This site provides useful information that communicates the excitement of participating in a unique program designed just for talented, motivated undergraduates whose idea of fun is to spend a summer learning about and participating in headline grabbing biomedical research. Your position is a real job, with a compensation package of approximately $4,500 for nine weeks. Depending on the funding source, your compensation will be all salary or a combination of salary and allocation for housing or travel. In addition to everything you learn about science through research, daily seminars, discussion groups, and extra activities; the experience of getting to know the other participants and people here at Baylor College of Medicine is extraordinary.

We welcome students from all science and math majors, and even non-science majors with appropriate background and interest. Projects span the spectrum of biomedical science, including projects in bioengineering and computational biology.

Our program has gained nationwide recognition from students, their advisers, and granting agencies as one of the most successful ever created due to our incomparable resources in the Texas Medical Center and people who truly believe in opening doors of opportunity to college students.