Summer Student Program
The best way to lure the brightest young minds to a career in biomedical research is to give them the opportunity to work in the laboratories of some of the nation’s top scientists. Accordingly, The Methodist Hospital Research Institute (TMHRI) offers a Summer Student Program for college undergraduates and medical students. First established in 2005, the program matches students with faculty mentors in TMHRI laboratories from June to August (10 weeks) and centers on a single research project. During this time, the students also attend required weekly didactic lectures given by the mentors and invited speakers. Students present their work at the end of the program at a student retreat. The program also provides numerous opportunities for social interaction and networking, including a welcome reception, trips to local sporting and cultural events, and a dinner at the end of the program. A stipend is provided to cover living expenses while in the program. The program is directed by Dr. Patricia Chevez-Barrios and co-directed by Dr. Ching-hsuan Tung.
Some students continue working with their mentors after the end of the program in order to see the project to completion and co-author a resulting publication. Other students return for additional summers or find other research opportunities through the program. Students come from a variety of universities, both national and international, including: Colorado College, Cornell University, Duke University, Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, McGill University (Canada), Northwestern University, Reed College, Oregon, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rhodes College, Rice University, Southern Methodist University, St. Louis University, Stanford University, Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico), Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at Austin, Trinity University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Houston, and Vanderbilt University.
The students receive $5000 to spend on living expenses and travel over the 10 week period. They are given $1000 every 2 weeks.
Applications will not be accepted after February 14, 2012. Acceptance notifications are made in April. Please note the dates for the 2012 Summer Internship Program are June 4- August 10, 2012. All students must be able to commit to the full 10-week program. No exceptions will be made.