Summer Medical Research Training (SMaRT) Program
This summer training program offers specialized medical research training to current college students. This program begins in the first or second week of June.
The students will complete a two-month intensive training program in medical research at the basic research laboratories of the University of Illinois Chicago Health Sciences Campus-Rockford. During this training, the students are expected to gain significant hands-on experience in planning and successful execution of a medical research project, critically analyzing scientific data and presenting information to a group of judges. The selected student will work closely with various research faculty and staff at the College of Medicine Rockford on cutting-edge techniques and their application in biomedical research. After the program, students present their scientific data as a poster and an oral presentation at the college’s SMaRT Scientific Forum.
SMaRT is a highly competitive program. Students are selected based on their academic merit, a personal interview, and their interest in pursuing a career in medical science or a related field.
The SMaRT Scientific Forum is held at the beginning of August. Students will present their experience through oral presentations and scientific posters.
The program provides a stipend and research fellowship to the selected students. Funding for the SMaRT program is generously provided by the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford.
Please attached the following items when submitting your application:
- Double-spaced 1,000-word essay on what you hope to gain from this program and how it will influence your future.
- Resume including activities, memberships, honors/awards, work experience, and/or previous lab experience.
- College/University transcripts. These do not need to be originals.
Three (3) signed letters of reference that include contact information for the references need to be submitted separately by the individual providing the reference. Individuals providing a student reference should each email the signed letter to [email protected] by Monday, April 3, 2023. Reference documents should be submitted as either a Word document (.doc or .docx) or PDF file. All emailed references need to include:
- “Reference submission for [ENTER STUDENT NAME HERE] 2023 SMaRT Program for College Students” note in subject line of email
- Student’s full name
- School student attends
- Reference’s full name
- Reference’s contact information including a cell phone number and email address
There is NO cost for this program. You will be paid a stipend provided by the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford.
June 12–August 4, 2023
Application Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2023
Student Information Night: TBD
This meeting is to learn about the program and the specific research projects offered. It may be held virtually, via Zoom or Webex, depending on the COVID infection rate and the University policy. This information will come to you in a separate email with the link.
SMaRT Internship Orientation: Monday, June 12, 2023
Selected students will begin their paid internship with orientation and training. Orientation begins at 9 a.m. This may be handled differently, again, depending on the COVID situation and the University policy.
SMaRT Scientific Forum: Friday, August 4, 2023
Students will present their experience through oral presentations and scientific posters. This may change depending on the COVID infection rate and the University policy. Again, the Forum may be conducted either via Zoom or Webex. We won’t know until the time approaches.
For more information, please contact [email protected] or call 815-395-5680.