The annual summer research program welcomed nearly 150 students this year.
The annual summer research program welcomed nearly 150 students this year.

The 2015 UTHealth Summer Research Program, directed by Dr. Gary Rosenfeld, associate dean for educational programs, came to a close Aug. 14 as the final students departed the program.

Coordinated by Vaccaro Greaves, the program included 87 rising second-year medical students; 36 college students from schools throughout the United States; 13 medical students from China, Japan, and Taiwan; and, in a new initiative, four UTHealth Medical School pre-matriculation students.

Participants were supported by the Office of the Dean, individual faculty, and by a National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant (T-35).

The students conducted their research with faculty of McGovern Medical School, the UTHealth School of Public Health, and the UTHealth School of Dentistry. They also attended a weekly series of seminars and enrichment sessions, and a closing program.  UTHealth medical students supported by the NIDDK grant award also attended weekly group discussions specific to the mission of NIDDK that were organized by the principal investigator, Dr. Bruce Kone, professor of internal medicine.

The application period for the 2016 Summer Research Program will run Dec. 1 – Feb. 1 for undergraduate college students, and January – March for current MS1 students.

– Vaccaro Greaves, Office of Educational Programs