Office of Educational Outreach

High School Summer Research Program

Goal & Rationale

The primary goal of this program is to provide a stimulating, active experience in scientific research for students in order to increase their familiarity with the scientific process and their motivation to pursue careers in research or science teaching.
This program addresses the critical need in the United States for more scientists and science teachers. UTMB is a major biomedical science center supporting more than 750 research projects, many of which are well suited for developing students with academic potential and encouraging them to pursue scientific careers.

Program Description

Research Team Placement
The core of this experience is placement of each student for eight weeks in an ongoing research team. Under the guidance of a faculty preceptor, the student will learn research skills in order to contribute to the overall effort. The preceptor will give the student an overview of the goals and methods of the research effort.
Skills and techniques a student may learn include starting and maintaining cell cultures, extraction and purification of various bimolecular, electrophoresis, chromatography, light and electron microscopy, electrophysiology, data analysis using a microcomputer, and other biochemical assays and molecular biology techniques.
Research Activities
Students participate in a weekly research seminars, organized especially for them, to hear presentations from scientists on campus and to present their research to the group for discussion. Faculty may assist students in explaining the methodology in their research. Students will receive guidance in scientific research and teaching careers and will participate in discussions of important ethical issues facing scientists today.
Other Activities
All participants are given the opportunity to present the results of their research experience in oral presentations and the concluding research poster session.
Eligible Students
The program is open to all high school students who will be at least 16 years old by June 09, 2014, and who have a G.P.A. of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4.0. Participants will be selected from applicants by the Committee in Support of Science Education of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Candidates are required to have completed a course in high school chemistry. Juniors and sophomores who have an interest in and aptitude for science will be given primary consideration. These will be judged in terms of:
  • course grades and standardized test scores
  • demonstrated motivation (e.g., in pursuing a science hobby or special project)
  • recommendations from a science or math teacher and a counselor
  • student's essay about his/her hopes for the experience

UTMB does not have housing available to high school students while in this program. Students, who fall outside a 50 mile driving radius of the Galveston campus, must secure and finance their own housing. This information must be disclosed in your application.

Students from groups under-represented in the biomedical sciences are encouraged to apply.

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.


Students who participate in this program will be part-time temporary UTMB employees and paid the federal minimum wage ($7.25/hr). Funds for salaries are obtained through a number of sources. Please note that UTMB implemented Pre-Employment Drug Testing in 2008 in accordance with IHOP Policy 3.3.18. Participants who are accepted to this program will be contingent on a successful drug screening and security clearance.

Committee in Support of Science Education

Kathy Tiernan, Chair

Donald Bouyer
Lisa Cain
Dorian Coppenhaver
Janice Endsley
Monique Ferguson
Jason Glenn
Clifford W. Houston
Guillermo Gomez
Michele Marquette
Victor Reyes
Amanda Scarbrough
Marguerite Sognier
Alfredo Torres
Natalie Williams-Bouyer

Program Dates

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How to Apply

Application deadline: TBD
You must complete and submit the online application, as well as the supporting documentation, by 11:59:59 PM Monday, March 24, 2014. You are encouraged to submit your application in advance of the deadline to avoid missing the application window. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
2014 Online Applicationclosed
General Informationinfo only
Transcript Release Formprovide to school
Parental Consent Formrequired
Teacher Recommendation Formrequired
Counselor Recommendation Formrequired

Approximately 4 weeks after the application deadline, acceptance and rejection letters will be emailed/mailed to the applicant’s reported address, upon committee review of the completed application and supporting documentation.
All supporting documentation should be mailed to:
High School Summer Research Program
Office of Educational Outreach
The University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-0981

For more information, call (409) 772-7836 or email: Sylvia Torres.



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