Summer Medical Research Training (SMaRT) Program

Program Mission

This summer training program aims at offering 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 Rockford campus. During this training, the students are expected to gain significant hands-on experience in planning and successful execution of a medical research project, critically analyze scientific data and present information to a group of judges. The selected student will work closely with various research faculties and staff at the College of Medicine on cutting-edge techniques and its 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 Summer Science 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.

Requirements

Please attached the following items when submitting your application:

  • Double-spaced 1000-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 which include contact information for the references.

Cost

There is NO cost for this program. You will be paid a stipend provided by the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford.

Important Dates

June 13–August 5, 2022

Application Deadline: March 30, 2022

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 13, 2022
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 Science Forum: Friday, August 5, 2022
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.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact [email protected] or call (815) 395-5894.

Gather the following for your application:

  • Essay
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Three Letters of Reference

Applications are due on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.

SMART Program Application