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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 Scott & White research endeavors. This program incorporates the efforts of the Office of Academic Research Development in Academic Operations at Scott & White 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 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 Scott & White. The Foundations of Medical Research Course will incorporate these expectations in the classroom with the support of the faculty from Scott & White.

Students participating in the internship will be able to observe the Research Coordinators' research tasks with research subjects. 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 are offered this year: Bone, Joint, & Spine, Cancer, Cardiology, Digestive Diseases, Health Outcomes, Neurology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Quality Improvement, Clinical Simulation, Surgery, and Veteran & Traumatic Brain Injury

Program Timeline:

  • Late October - Application to the program opens
  • January - Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled
  • February - Scott & White will conduct interviews
  • March - Candidates will be selected and notified
  • June - Internships and Program begins
  • August - Summer Internships concludes
  • September - Academic Year Internships begin


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All application materials were due January 17, 2014. Please, read below for more information on the application process and required materials.


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 www.baylor.edu/prehealth/SWURPappmaterials. Upon acceptance into the program, students will participate in a 10-week summer research program (June 2nd through August 8th). 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. Ten students will be accepted into year 1 of the summer program. There are no student stipends for this program at this time.


Week*

Internship Structure

During First Week Research Question, Methodology, and Training - Interns will be required to complete CITI Human Subject Research Requirement prior to commencing research participation
Week 1 Medical Library and Searching the Medical Literature
Week 2 Evidence-Based Medicine Journal Club Meeting
Week 3 The Mentor - Mentee Relationship
Week 4 Evidence-Based Medicine Journal Club Meeting
Week 5 Academic Writing in Healthcare
Week 6 Evidence-Based Medicine Journal Club Meeting
Week 7 Basic, Clinical, and Translational Research in Medicine
Week 8 Evidence-Based Medicine Journal Club Meeting
Week 9 Quality Improvement Research in Healthcare
Week 10 Project Presentations


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