UM-SMART Undergrad Summer Program (University of Michigan)

UM-SMART is designed for undergraduate students who have an interest in obtaining a combined MD/PhD degree leading to a career in academic medicine as a physician-scientist performing basic research relevant to human health and disease. As a UM-SMART summer research fellow, students work full-time in a basic research laboratory under the mentorship of a research faculty member.

The goal of the UM-SMART program is to help students decide if a career as a physician-scientist is right for them, and to enhance competitiveness when applying to MD/PhD programs.  The UM-SMART has helped 87 undergraduate participants learn about MD/PhD training since 2008.  After graduation, 78% of past participants entered MD/PhD, PhD, or MD programs.

This 10-week program is aimed at students who have some amount of basic and mechanistic research experience related to medicine and are interested in gaining more experience to advance their career goals.  UM-SMART is not intended for students seeking clinical research experience on human subjects.  Additionally, we do not offer opportunities in public health, the social sciences, or humanities.

Application deadline:  February 1, 2021

Tentative Program dates:  May 24-Aug 1, 2021

While we are hopeful and planning for an in person program in 2021, due to the uncertain nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the status of the program is currently tentative.  The health and safety of UM-SMART participants and our community is of upmost importance.  In the event that joining us on campus is not possible, an alternative virtual experience will be offered.

Program Highlights: (visit the website or view the brochure for more information)

Students participating in a lab receive a stipend of $4,400 plus double occupancy dormitory housing and a meal allowance.

The main scientific focus of the summer program is to provide full-time laboratory biomedical research, as well as

  • Two half day clinical shadowing experiences
  • Online MCAT preparation accessible for 12 months
  • Oral and Poster presentation and relevant seminars
  • “Big Sib” Mentoring Program
  • Attend 3-day MSTP annual scientific retreat

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By Kristin McJunkins
Kristin McJunkins Director, Health Professions Advising & STEM Connect Kristin McJunkins