As a summer research program student you will be guided by your faculty mentor on a research project over a 10-week period during the summer. At the end of the program, you will submit a research abstract of your research. Your mentor will also help you develop a research poster which must be presented at the annual Research Forum held in the fall. Students are expected to work 40 hours per week on their research in their selected faculty's laboratory
potentially three sources of funding for the Summer Research Program:
NIH, faculty mentors, and Office of the Dean.
All students should apply to the Program to receive support. Students are also encouraged to apply specifically for one of the 21 National Institutes of Health (NIH) stipends: 16 stipends for National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) related research and 5 stipends for National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) related research. Students under the NIH portion of the program will receive a stipend of approximately $5,300. Award notifications are sent out about two weeks after the application deadline.
Students who do not receive a NIH stipend are encouraged to negotiate a stipend with their faculty mentor. Students are also permitted to work as laboratory volunteers while still receiving full credit for the program.
Finding a Faculty Mentor
Students are encouraged to identify a faculty mentor to work with early in their MS-1 spring semester. Review of past abstracts is recommended as well as speaking with students who participated in the program in the past.
Please access the following links if you are interested in working with a faculty mentor whose research is related to NIDDK or NINDS.
If you need help finding a faculty mentor, attend the Job Fair in late February (5th floor gallery). Departments/faculty will be available to talk with you about their research projects.
All students will have the opportunity for the following:
- Participation in the C. Frank Webber Prize for Student Research Competition at the Summer Research Program Research Forum. Prizes range from $400 - $750.
- Student abstracts will be published on the Summer Research Program website.
- Upon successful completion of the program, a letter will be sent to the student’s blue book.
Summer Research Program
6431 Fannin JJL 315
Houston TX 77030
Telephone: (713) 500-5105
Fax: (713) 500-0603