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Biomed research program gives students an edge

San Antonio students interested in a career in science have an opportunity to work side-by-side with top-notch research faculty.

The Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy at the University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio (UTHSCSA) is currently accepting applications for a seven-week summer program from June 13 – July 23, 2012. Application deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.

Up to 20 students from the surrounding area have a chance to engage with hands-on research during year one. Program participants will also join special research-oriented activities throughout the academic year. In years two and three, students are paired with distinguished Health Science Center scientists who serve as mentors. At the conclusion of each year of the program, successful Voelcker Scholars are awarded a $1,000 Voelcker Student Award and invited to participate in subsequent years of the program.

The goal of the program is to produce highly qualified and competitive students who wish to pursue a career in biomedical research. Because of the program’s rigor, parent involvement is encouraged and students can expect to commit to 5 – 8 hours each day during the summer program.

Requirements
Aside from obtaining two teacher recommendation letters, including one letter from a science teacher, candidate selection will be based on class rank, transcript, essay and a personal interview.
• Parental permission and attendance at orientation and reception events
• 80 in mathematics class
• 80 or better in science and English
• Must be in good standing in all courses
• Satisfactory conduct grade

For more information about the Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy, contact Dr. Irene Chapa at chapai@uthscsa.edu.

Visit the Voelcker Academy web site to learn more.
Download a program brochure.
Visit the UTHSCA web site

Photo Courtesy: Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy/UTHSCSA