Research Programs

UT Southwestern Medical Center is dedicated to supporting medical science education at all levels. Various training programs support the researchers of the future and the teachers of today.

Disease-Oriented Clinical Scholars

The Disease-Oriented Clinical Scholars (DOCS) program facilitates state-of-the-art-research in clinical departments at UT Southwestern. The distinguishing feature of the DOCS Program is flexibility. There is no predetermined amount or form of support; rather, the department chair requests the support package that is best suited to a particular candidate and is commensurate with the candidate's dedication to research activities.

Endowed Scholars

The Endowed Scholars Program in Medical Science provides $1,200,000 over four years to first-time, tenure-track assistant professors at UT Southwestern. Funded by private endowment, the program has now assured the successful launch of research careers for a cadre of 57 investigators.

Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

The MSTP at UT Southwestern trains the next generation of M.D./Ph.D. physician-scientists who will lead the future of academic medicine. A highly integrated program, a dedicated and collegial faculty, and an unusually intense, hands-on clinical experience await the prepared student.

Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP)

The PSTP provides highly individualized research training and career development counseling for young post-residency physicians who desire careers as physician scientists. PSTP participants receive mentorship, the opportunity to train in the research laboratories of one of our internationally renowned faculty, and up to three years of salary support.

Quantitative and Physical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (QP-SURF)

Geared toward undergraduates majoring in mathematics, computer science, physics, or chemistry, QP-SURF is an intensive 10-week summer research training experience that leads to an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in research at the interface of quantitative and basic biomedical sciences.

Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern (STARS)

Since 1991, STARS has been devoted to improving the quality of science education in North Central Texas. The STARS Program has grown to serve over 6,000 teachers and 35,000 students in 2,000 schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. STARS includes more than 20 separate programs and projects, which are available – free of charge – to teachers and students in the state of Texas.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF)

SURF is an intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for careers in biological research. Fellows spend 10 weeks pursuing individual research projects in the laboratories of faculty members in the UT Southwestern graduate school.

TORS (Taskforce on Obesity Research)

TORS unites four groups of investigators, who collaborate to elucidate the molecular mechanisms by which the brain regulates food intake and energy expenditure, and to determine how dysregulation of glucose and lipid metabolism in the liver causes the metabolic syndrome. The long-term goal of TORS is to develop more directed approaches to prevent obesity and treat the metabolic complications of this disorder.

UT Dallas Green Fellows

The Green Fellows program provides a semester-long intensive research training experience for undergraduates at UT Dallas that will lead to an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in addressing basic research problems in the biological sciences. Green Fellows pursue individual research projects under the direction of the graduate school faculty at UT Southwestern.

UT Southwestern Undergraduate Medical Research (UT-SUMR) Fellows

UT-SUMR is intended to identify and develop promising student researchers from Texas who intend to pursue careers in medicine and research, but who might not pursue a Ph.D. degree. The 10-week program places students with mentors to perform research and attend seminars on the fundamentals of basic and clinical research.