UM-SMART Undergrad Summer Program

Join us for a summer of research at Michigan!

UM-SMART is designed for undergrads who are potentially interested in obtaining a combined MD/PhD degree leading to a career in academic medicine focused on basic research relevant to human diseases. This program may help you decide if this is the right career for you, and could enhance your competitiveness when applying to MD/PhD programs.

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The 2017 UM-SMART session will run May 31 through August 4.

Applications are due January 20, 2017.

Program Overview

Participants in UM-SMART can expect to:

  • Perform full-time research in a faculty laboratory
  • Attend weekly luncheon presentations where faculty discuss their research
  • Give short presentations of their summer accomplishments at the conclusion of the program
  • Obtain clinical exposure opportunities in the form of physician shadowing
  • Attend the MSTP annual scientific retreat
  • Attend formal MCAT instruction over an eight-week period
  • Receive a stipend of $4400, plus housing. The program also will cover student transportation costs up to $200. Students will need to provide their own meals.


To be eligible for the UM-SMART Program, an applicant must:

  • Come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in the sciences OR
  • Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances OR
  • Have a physical or mental disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities


  • Be a current undergraduate (those applying to Med/Grad School for 2017 are not eligible)
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Have completed either an organic chemistry course preferably with lab or a biology course (physiology, biology, biochemistry) preferably with lab
  • Have completed 150 hours of experience in a research lab (this is in addition to a course with a lab) by June 1, 2017
  • Submit at least two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a research mentor or the instructor of a laboratory course
  • Maintain a 3.2 grade point average

Applicants selected as finalists for the UM-SMART Program will be called to participate in a phone interview. Students must be able to show proof of their own health insurance coverage.