The 2017 UM-SMART session will run May 31 through August 4.
Applications are due January 20, 2017.
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.