The 2018 application is now available.

Biomedical Research Training
for High School Students

Goal & Rationale

The primary goal of this program is to provide a stimulating, active bench 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 biomedical and 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 seminar series, 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 area high school students who will be at least 16 years old by June 4, 2018, and who have a G.P.A. of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4.0, AND live within a 50 mile driving radius of the UTMB Galveston campus. Students who live beyond a 50 mile radius may participate in the program if they specify a location where they will reside within a 50 mile radius and also include written parental permission agreeing to this residence to be submitted with the application. 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., pursuing a science hobby, science fair, or special project)
  • recommendations from a science or math teacher and a counselor
  • student's essay about his/her hopes for the experience

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 non-paid student trainees. 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.

Program Dates

June 4 – July 27, 2018

How to Apply

Application deadline: 11:59:59 PM Friday, March 23, 2018

You must complete and submit the online application, as well as the supporting documentation, by 11:59:59 PM Friday, March 23, 2018. You are encouraged to submit your application in advance of the deadline to avoid missing the application window. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Form Notes
2018 Online Applicationclosed
General Information (DOC) Info only
Transcript Release Form (DOC) Provide to school
Parental Consent Form (DOC) Required
Teacher Recommendation Form (DOC) Required
Counselor Recommendation Form (DOC) Required

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:

Biomedical Research Training for High School Students Program
The University of Texas Medical Branch Office of Educational Outreach
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-0981
For more information, call (409) 772-9119 or email: Alicia Simmons.