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Summer Medical Research Training (SMaRT) Program

Program Mission

The University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford offers the SMaRT Internship as an opportunity for college students to, regardless of where they go to college, to interact closely with professionals in an academic research environment. Students who are selected for this eight-week program gain valuable hands-on, cutting-edge laboratory skills using a variety of scientific techniques. This summer training program aims at offering specialized medical research training to current college students.

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. At the conclusion of 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 2019 SMaRT program is generously provided by the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford.

The College of Medicine provides the ideal environment and opportunities for performing research in today’s exciting biotechnology and medical research environments.

Requirements

  • You must submit a double-spaced 1000-word essay of what you hope to gain from this program and how it will influence your future.
  • You must submit a current resume with your application.
  • You must submit three (3) letters of recommendation. Letters must be in a sealed envelope with the teacher’s signature across the envelope seal with an original signature by the deadline. If this is something the teacher is not able to do, they may email the letter directly from their school email address to Janet at jlss@uic.edu.
  • Your application must be mailed to:
    Janet Stull Snow
    University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
    Department of Biomedical Sciences
    1601 Parkview Avenue
    Rockford, IL 61107
    (Electronic submissions will NOT be accepted)

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 10–August 2, 2019

Application Deadline: March 15, 2019
Mail signed and completed application along with three (3) letters of reference. Recommendation letters from teachers should be in a sealed envelope with the teacher’s signature across the envelope seal. 

SMaRT Program Orientation: June 10, 2019 
Selected students will begin their internship with orientation and training. Orientation begins at 9:00 a.m. 

SMaRT Science Forum: August 2, 2019 
Students will present their experience through oral presentations and scientific posters.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Janet Stull Snow at jlss@uic.edu.