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UM-SMART Undergraduate Summer Program

Summer at Michigan for Undergraduate Research Training UM-SMART

2018 UM-SMART Session: June 4 – August 13.  Application Deadline: January 19, 2018 

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UM-SMART is designed for undergraduates who are potentially interested in obtaining a combined MD/PhD degree leading to a career in academic medicine focused on basic research relevant to human disease.  This program may help you decide if this is the right career for you, and could enhance your competitiveness when applying to MD/PhD programs.

Participants in UM-SMART can expect to:

1.  Perform full-time research under the direction of a faculty mentor in a research laboratory.  Present summer research findings at the conclusion of the program.
2.  Gain clinical exposure by participating in two half-day physican shadowing experiences.
3.  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.
4.  Participate in a poster session at on-campus research sympoiusm with participants from other UM summer programs.
5.  Learn about faculty research at several luncheon presentations.
6.  Attend the 3-day MSTP Annual Scientific Retreat and provide a brief Powerpoint slide presentation of summer reserach experience and accomplishments.
7.  Participate in self-paced online MCAT study, have access to Kaplan online training for 1 full year, and receive Kaplan study materials.
8.  Have a "BIg Sib" student advisor from the Medical Scientist Training Program.  Enjoy occasional, informal gatherings throughout the program with your Big Sib.

Eligibility: To be eligible for the UM-SMART Program, an applicant must be a current undergraduate:

1.  Come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is under-represented in the sciences. 
2.  Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances.
3.  Have a physical or mental disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities.


1.  Be a current undergraduate (those applying to Med/Grad School for 2018 are not eligible).
2.  Completed sophomore undergraduate year by June 1, 2018.
3.  Be a US citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
4.  Completed either an organic chemistry course preferably with lab or a biology course (physiology, biology, biochemistry) preferably with lab.
5.  Have completed 150 hours of experience in a research lab (this is in addition to a course with a lab) by June 1, 2018
6.  Submit at least two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a research mentor or the instructor of a laboratory course.  Maximum 3 letters allowed.
7.  Maintain a 3.2 grade point average.
8.  Show proof of health insurance coverage.

Applicants selected as finalists for the UM-SMART Program will be contacted to participate in a phone interview.