UT Southwestern Undergraduate Medical Research Fellows Program (UT-SUMR)
The UT-SUMR program is specifically targeted to under-represented minority undergraduate researchers who intend to pursue a career in medicine and research, but who do not intend to pursue a graduate degree (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.). Students who are interested in applying to a graduate program should apply to the SURF program.
UT-SUMR students are matched to faculty and projects based on their research interests and prior experience. Students work on specific projects with their faculty mentor and fellows in the mentor’s laboratory. Students are also required to attend weekly seminars to learn about the fundamentals of basic and clinical research presented by faculty researchers, as well as submit an application for participation in the Annual Research Forum.
A 10-week program, UT-SUMR begins in May and concludes in August, overlapping with other summer programs supporting medical student researchers. Students receive a taxable stipend and are permitted a one-week vacation to be determined following consultation with their mentor.
As this is a government-sponsored program (see the funding mechanism), interested students must be able to provide proof of U.S. citizenship.
Interested students must submit an application online. Students will also need to submit a letter of recommendation and an unofficial transcript from their current university. A limited number of positions are available, so application questions are designed to enhance and ensure diversity in each class. Deadline for applications is March 1.