High School & Undergraduate

A major focus of the Education and Training Office is to enhance and add value to existing institutional educational programs. The leaders work closely with the leadership of institutional programs aimed at providing scientific exposure and training for high school and undergraduate students.


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Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern (STARS) was established in 1991 to improve the quality of science education in North Texas by making the educational resources available at UT Southwestern available to middle and high school science teachers in our catchment area. STARS programs aim to develop science awareness and inspire an appreciation of health-related careers for high school students. This offers students and teachers the opportunity to work with a faculty host in a research lab for eight weeks during the summer months. Registration for the 2020-2021 STARS Virtual Events is now open.

Another integral part of the STARS program are the Basic Science Symposia. The annual event invites Dallas-Fort Worth students and teachers to campus for a day of scientific presentations and interactive-sessions with scientists and clinicians.

Undergraduate Research Training

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  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

    Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) is an intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. careers in biomedical research. Fellows spend 10 weeks (beginning in early June and ending mid-August) pursuing individual research projects in the laboratories of Graduate School faculty members. Learn more about the SURF 2021 Program.

  • UT Dallas Green Fellows

    The UT Dallas Green Fellows program is offered by the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the University of Texas at Dallas. The semester-long fellowship allows undergraduate students interested in obtaining a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. to pursue research projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Fellows gain experience in planning, executing, and presenting an experimental research strategy to answer current questions in biomedical sciences. If you will be an undergraduate during Spring 2021, you can now apply for the 2021 Green Fellows Program. 

  • Amgen Scholar Program

    In 2018, UT Southwestern became one of 24 institutions to offer the Amgen Scholar Program. The program aims to inspire the next generation of innovators by providing undergraduate with hands-on summer research opportunities. The Amgen Scholars Program application cycle for summer 2021 has been delayed due the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the latest updates