About Us

About Us

The Summer Undergraduate 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 official dates for the SMART Program 2020 are June 1 through July 31. The move in date will be May 31 and move out date will be Aug. 1.

The program offers:

  • Nine paid weeks of biomedically related research in a broad range of areas
  • Research and professional development seminars designed for undergraduates
  • Free SMART GRE prep workshops
  • Career development activities
  • Designated housing near Baylor College of Medicine

A Unique Experience Awaits!

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Our interns train in the Texas Medical Center.

Your position is a real job, with a compensation package of approximately $5,000 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.

"I came to Baylor College of Medicine in 2014 as a SMART student after I came across the program when searching for a summer program. I loved it! I survived the Houston summer and still wanted to come back to Houston. There is so much collaboration here, not just within BCM, but throughout the medical center." - Brittany Armstrong, Ph.D. Student and Former SMART Participant