Summer Medical Research Training Program for College Students

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Summer Medical Research Training Program for College Students2018-02-28T11:38:17+00:00

Summer Medical Research Training (SMaRT) Program

The University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford SMaRT Program is an internship opportunity for undergraduate college students from around the country that allows them to interact closely with professionals in either an academic or industrial research environment. Students selected for this eight-week program gain valuable hands-on laboratory skills using a variety of scientific techniques.

Each summer, approximately three students are selected to complete an eight-week research internship program in medical research at the basic research laboratories of the UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford. During this training, the students gain significant hands-on experience in planning and successfully executing a medical research project. Working closely with various research faculty and staff, the students gain expertise in cutting-edge techniques and their 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. Students receive a stipend at the end of the program.

The SMaRT program 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.

This is the ninth successful year of the SMaRT Program and thus far, 46 students have successfully completed this summer research internship training program.


Key dates:

Application deadline:  March 30, 2018 (Deadline extended from March 15 due to technical issues)
Mail signed and completed SMaRT Program Application along with three (3) signed 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 11, 2018
Selected students will begin their internship with orientation and training.

SMaRT Science Forum:  August 2, 2018
Students will present their experience through interviews, oral presentations, and scientific posters.

Both Thermo Fisher Scientific and the College of Medicine provide the ideal environments and opportunities for performing research in today’s exciting biotechnology and medical industries.

Please complete the application, print, sign and return by mail to:

Janet Stull Snow
College of Medicine Rockford
Department of Biomedical Sciences
1601 Parkview Avenue
Rockford, IL  61107

If you have questions regarding the program, please contact Janet Stull Snow at