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BU - Scott & White Undergraduate Research Program

Baylor University-Scott & White Undergraduate Research Program

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The purpose of the SWURP initiative is to give current Baylor University undergraduate PreHealth students a distinctive edge as they apply for graduate programs, professional school and residency programs, and ultimately produce professionals who are well trained in biomedical and clinical research. It will also create a cadre of competent biomedical research support and advance Baylor Scott & White research endeavors. This program incorporates the efforts of the Office of Academic Research Development in Academic Operations at Baylor Scott & White (Temple) and the Office of PreHealth Studies at Baylor University to benefit students, clinicians, and scientists/educators at Baylor University. These offices will facilitate training and applied opportunities for conducting bench/clinical/translational research for undergraduate PreHealth students. Because of the relatively close proximity of Baylor University and Baylor Scott & White Healthcare, qualified students will be provided the option of continuing an academic year program.

Students must participate in all coursework and programs which will prepare them to be capable of supporting bench, clinical, and translational research considered necessary by the participating medical/research departments at Baylor Scott & White. The Foundations of Medical Research Course will incorporate these expectations in the classroom with the support of the faculty from Baylor Scott & White.

Students participating in the internship will be able to observe the Research Coordinators' research tasks with research subjects, and may have the opportunity for publication. Participating undergraduate students will be required to develop a presentation which would either reflect on their research experience or present the data they attained from their experience and discuss its implications. These presentations will be given at the end of the summer program.

The following concentrations were offered Summer 2014: Bone, Joint, & Spine, Cancer, Cardiology, Digestive Diseases, Health Outcomes, Neurology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Quality Improvement, Clinical Simulation, Surgery, and Veteran & Traumatic Brain Injury

This application has closed. Please, check back with us in the 2017 fall semester.


Program Timeline:

  • December 15 - Application to the program opens
  • March 1 - Application due
  • March - Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled
  • March - Interviews
  • March - Candidates will be selected and notified
  • April - Mandatory orientation for contract candidates

  • May - Mandatory on boarding process, paperwork, etc.
  • End of May - Internships and Program begins
  • August - Summer Internships concludes

Acceptance to this program will be based on academic achievements, student involvement, and best fit in order to create a focused affiliation. Eligible students must have a completed application by the deadline in order to be reviewed for this opportunity. Learn more about the required application materials for SWURP at Upon acceptance into the program, students will participate in a 10-week summer research program (in Temple, Texas). At the conclusion of the summer program, qualified students may be provided the option of continuing an academic year program. Qualifications for the academic year program will be based on summer performance evaluations and recommendations by research mentors. There are no student stipends for this program at this time.


Internship Structure Topics

March-May Pre-program commencement: Research Training & Education
Weeks 1-10 Medical Library and Searching the Medical Literature
Weeks 1-10 Evidence-Based Medicine Journal Club Meeting
Weeks 1-10 Biostatistics in Clinical Research
Weeks 1-10 Academic Writing in Healthcare
Weeks 1-10 Final Project Presentations

*Students will have weekly meetings on Fridays for their Research Education Sessions sponsored by the Office of Academic Research Development