Student and summer programs for undergraduates, high school students and teachers

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the UT Health San Antonio offers a variety of summer programs for undergraduate students seeking research experiences in the Biological Sciences. Several summer programs utilizes a single application which permits students to select up to three programs in which to apply.

For more information please visit the websites of the individual programs listed below.

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South Texas Advanced Research Training – Undergraduate Program (START-UP)

In partnership with St. Mary’s University, Our Lady of the Lake University, Trinity University, UT Health San Antonio, and University of the Incarnate Word, START-UP offers a unique 2 year opportunity for students interested in pursuing a PhD in the neurosciences.

For more information, visit the START-UP website.

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CURE Research Mentorship Program

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates - CURE

For UTSA, St. Mary's University and University of Incarnate Word

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Dental Student Research Program

The Dental School Summer Research Program is an intensive introduction to dental academics with a hands-on laboratory research experience in basic or clinical research.

The students who applied, selected and accepted will participate in the program during their dental education, with research conducted on the UT Health San Antonio campus during May and June.

Research or program directed questions, e-mail Dr. Thomas Oates at or Cuauhtemoc Garcia at

Phone: (210) 567-3167

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BEAT Academy - Biomedical Excellence and Academic Training

The goal of The BEAT Academy at the UT Health San Antonio is to expose high school students to a unique opportunity to medical and biomedical research and provide them with guidelines for a successful future in a health career of their choice. The curriculum is based on an interaction between the medical and biomedical faculty through seminars and hands-on activities in these fields. Subjects will include ongoing biomedical research occurring at the UT Health Science Center such as anatomy, physiology, medicine, molecular biology, aging, neurodegeneration and more.

The academy will provide students with the following:

• a behind-the-scenes view of the science and health professions-including visits to the human anatomy lab,
• interactions with real and state-of-the-art simulated patients for medical training,
• a glimpse of the latest advances in biomolecular technology,
• student-based biomolecular experiments and more.

In addition, students will enjoy a college prep session to glean more information on the career of their choice and ways to achieve this goal.

Candidates are invited to submit their applications to UT Health San Antonio by Friday, June 21, 2019. Please be advised that the application process is based on rolling admissions and we will accept qualifying students until seats are unavailable. Once the applications have been reviewed, we will notify the applicants of their acceptance status to the BEAT within a few weeks of submitting their application

Email: Dr. Irene Chapa

Application packet must have the following to be considered complete.

  1. Letter of recommendation from current teacher (1)
  2. Official Transcript
  3. One (1) page essay describing how participation in BEAT can assist the student in realizing their academic future goals
  4. Fully signed and completed application
  5. $50 application processing fee (non-refunded)

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Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy

The Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy commitment requires a considerable effort from each participant. This program is intended for current high school freshmen students. No other major activities should be planned for the duration of the summer program. At the conclusion of the summer program, students will present their work at an award reception and receive a monetary Voelcker Student Award. Students will also be invited to activities scheduled during the academic school year and are expected to make every effort to attend.

The process for application has been updated, as of November 1, 2016.

Every high school in the Greater San Antonio Area will be given the opportunity to submit up to 3 potential candidates for VBRA Application.

Those candidates will then be provided access to an electronic application.

Interviewees will be selected from the applicants.

Admission Process for the next cohort of Voelcker Scholars will be announced soon. Please visit our website in November for updated details.

Contact program Director Dr. Irene Chapa, 210-567-3941

For more information, visit the Voelcker website.

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Student Internship Program

A year-round program for high school, college, premed, or pre-PhD students designed to provide an intensive, hands-on, discovery-rich, creative and interdisciplinary research experience. This is a unique experience in learning and interdisciplinary research, with senior investigators serving as mentors and role models.

Trainees will have opportunities to work in one of three broad areas: immunology, molecular pathogenesis, or genetics/clinical epidemiology. Current areas of investigation are HIV/AIDS, atherosclerosis, bone disease, neurobiology, lupus, and alcoholism.

For inquiries contact Dr. Sunil Ahuja, along with an updated resume/CV including GPA, a personal statement, and a note about long-term goals via email.

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Northside ISD Summer Research Mentorship Program

This class is only open to students in the San Antonio Northside ISD students who have completed PreAP Chemistry, have at least one year of high school remaining, and are willing to commit to an 8-hour-a-day research assignment for 8 weeks in June and July.

Teacher recommendations and a student essay are required for the application. Applications are accepted during the spring term for placement in the summer program.

Course Information:
Selected students will be assigned a mentor from the faculty at UT Health San Antonio. The students will meet once a week as a class to discuss the research process and are expected to keep a lab journal, write research abstracts, and present their research to the class at the end of the summer. Students will present their research both orally and written to their home school during the ensuing school year. Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive an elective honors science research credit. No stipend is provided.

To learn more, contact Alice Fiedler, NISD Science Coordinator at

Public Health Camp for High School Students

The purpose of the camp is to introduce high school students to public health and the vast array of professions that work to achieve public health goals. There are a multitude of public health professions such as community health workers, epidemiologists, first responders, nutritionists, public policy makers, occupational health and safety professionals, sanitarians, and many more.

The camp will be held at the UTHealth School of Public Health, One Technology Center, 7411 John Smith Drive Suite 1100, San Antonio, Texas 78229. Camp 1 will occur on June 10th- June 14th and Camp 2 will occur on June 24th – June 28th . Both are from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and are free.

If you have questions, contact Ariel Gomez:, 210-562-5568

See flyer for further details

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