The 2019 UM-SMART session will run May 28 through August 4.
The UM-SMART Application will be open for submissions on October 15, 2018.
Applications are due January 18, 2019.
Participants in UM-SMART can expect to:
- Perform full-time research under the direction of a faculty mentor in a research laboratory. (We are not able to provide opportunities in public health, the social sciences or humanities).
- Gain clinical exposure by participating in two half-day physician shadowing experiences.
- Receive a stipend of $4400 plus housing in a nearby dormitory (double occupancy only). Breakfast and dinner are provided by UM-Meal Service. Transportation costs up to $200 are reimbursed with receipts.
- Participate in a poster session at on-campus research symposium with participants from other UM summer programs.
- Gain exposure to biomedical research by attending weekly scientific seminars.
- Attend the 3-day MSTP Annual Scientific Retreat and provide a brief Powerpoint slide presentation of summer research experience and accomplishments.
- Participate in self-paced online MCAT study, have access to Kaplan online training for 1 full year, and receive Kaplan study materials.
- Connect with a "Big Sib" student advisor who is currently in the Medical Scientist Training Program. Enjoy occasional, informal gatherings throughout the program with your Big Sib.
To be eligible for the UM-SMART Program, an applicant must be a current undergraduate:
- Come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in the sciences.
- Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances.
- 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 2019 are not eligible).
- Completed sophomore undergraduate year by June 1, 2019.
- Be a US citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
- Completed either an organic chemistry course preferably with lab or a biology course (physiology, biology, biochemistry) preferably with lab.
- Have completed 100 hours of experience in a research lab (this is in addition to a course with a lab) by June 1, 2019.
- Submit 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.
- Show proof of health insurance coverage.
Applicants selected as finalists for the UM-SMART Program will be contacted to participate in a phone interview.