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University of Michigan - UM-SMART Undergrad Summer Program


Category: Summer
Type: Research
Location: Ann Arbor Michigan
Deadline: Mid January


Applicants belonging to groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research are strongly encouraged to apply. This includes: Individuals from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups. OR Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. OR Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds such as family annual income below established low-income thresholds, or an educational environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career. To be considered for acceptance in UM-SMART, applicants must: - Be a current undergraduate student (completed sophomore year by June 1). We do not accept students who are applying to medical or graduate school for possible admission during the same year of participation in this program - Be a US citizen or permanent resident of the United States. - Have completed a physiology, biology, biochemistry or organic chemistry course, preferably with lab. - Have at least 100 hours of experience in a research lab by the summer of participation. (This is in addition to completing a lab associated with a science course.) - 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 cumulative grade point average or above. - Show proof of health insurance.


UM-SMART is designed for undergraduate students who have an interest in obtaining a combined MD/PhD degree leading to a career in academic medicine as a physician-scientist performing basic research relevant to human health and disease. As a UM-SMART summer research fellow, students work full-time in a basic research laboratory under the mentorship of a research faculty member. 

The goal of the UM-SMART program is to help students decide if a career as a physician-scientist is right for them, and to enhance competitiveness when applying to MD/PhD programs.  The UM-SMART has helped 77 undergraduate participants learn about MD/PhD training since 2008.  After graduation, 76% of past participants entered MD/PhD, PhD, or MD programs.

This 10-week program is aimed at students who have some amount of basic and mechanistic research experience related to medicine and are interested in gaining more experience to advance their career goals.  UM-SMART is not intended for students seeking clinical research experience on human subjects.  Additionally, we do not offer opportunities in public health, the social sciences, or humanities.