The purpose of the program is to give undergraduate students from any institution who have an interest in pursuing a future career in biomedical research the chance to work in a laboratory and perform a research project during the summer. The 10-week program offers students the opportunity to work closely with Texas A&M College of Medicine faculty on research projects in basic or clinical science disciplines. The students are matched with a faculty mentor in their area of interest. The student will assist a faculty mentor with a research project gaining insight into the development and implementation of biomedical research.
Additionally, the program features group activities outside the laboratory, including weekly meetings in which principles of scientific investigation, publication, research funding, ethical aspects of human and animal experimentation, regulatory issues, and peer-review will be discussed. Students will also have the opportunity to attend scientific seminars and workshops. Faculty mentors are located on the College of Medicine campuses in Bryan, College Station, Temple, and Houston.
The objectives of this program are substantial and rigorous and require full-time student commitment. Participants are expected to complete the entire program and present their projects at Research Day.