Please note: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will now be called "UT Health San Antonio."

Undergraduate Student Programs

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio offers a variety of programs for undergraduate students seeking research experiences in the biological sciences. For more information, please visit the websites of the individual programs listed below.

CURE Research Mentorship Program

The Cancer Center at UT Health has a twelve-week summer research program for high school students at NISD Health Career’s High School and John Jay Science & Engineering Academy as well as undergraduate students at The University of Texas at San Antonio, St. Mary’s University and the University of the Incarnate Word. The goal of this program is to provide cancer research experiences for individuals from minority populations that are underrepresented in the sciences. The research experiences will range from basic, translational and population-based biomedical cancer research. This program matches students with a cancer researcher. Participants will engage in research as part of an ongoing cancer research project, attend seminars, actively participate in student journal clubs and tour various research divisions at UT Health and outside science-related entities. At the conclusion of the summer program, students will present their work an award reception.

To apply click here

CPRIT Summer Undergraduate Cancer Research Scholar Program

Students will spend 10 weeks participating in bench (or in special circumstances, non-bench research) projects and attend weekly seminars/luncheons highlighting cancer research and career development. Students will also participate in a weekly journal club aimed at instructing participants how to critique scientific literature. At the end of the summer, all participants will present the outcomes of their research projects at a capstone poster session where prizes will be awarded for the top three presentations and each participant will receive a certificate of participation. Interested applicants should complete the online application and upload a Personal Statement (“Essay”) and an unofficial academic transcript. Two letters of recommendation are also required that will be submitted by individuals listed as references. Applicants must provide a personal statement describing their career goals, their interest in research in general and cancer research in particular as well as any prior research experience. Although prior research experience is preferred, this is not a requirement. To be considered, all applicants must commit to completing the program if selected.

To apply click here

Pharmacology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)/Summer Program

The Department of Pharmacology has a ten-week summer research program which offers participants a variety of experiences that will help prepare them for success in research-intensive doctoral programs. 

Participants will have research responsibilities, attend seminars, actively participate in a student journal club and take part in formal coursework. Applicants to the summer program must be classified as undergraduate students, have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and have completed at least one semester each of college-level biology and chemistry by the end of the spring semester of the year of application. 

For more information, visit the website. To apply, click here.

Summer Physiology Undergraduate Research (SPUR)/Summer Program

The Summer Physiology Undergraduate Research (SPUR) program, hosted by the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology, is designed to give talented undergraduates interested in careers in biomedical research an intensive two-month (June and July) research experience while participating in cutting-edge biomedical research under the guidance of departmental faculty. 

In addition to benchwork, SPUR students also attend weekly courses that consist of faculty presentations covering both research and career path, and a journal club.  The program concludes with a poster session and reception attended by the entire Department of Physiology. Preference will be given to students who are considering applying to Ph.D.  programs in the biomedical sciences. 

For more information and to apply, please visit the SPUR   website.  To apply, click here.

South Texas Advanced Research Training-Undergraduate Program (START-UP)/Two-Year Program

In partnership with St. Mary’s University, Our Lady of the Lake University, Trinity University, University of Texas at San Antonio, and University of the Incarnate Word, START-UP offers a unique two-year opportunity for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in the neurosciences. 

For more information, visit the website. To apply, click here

Student Internship Program/Year-Round Program

A year-round program for high school, college, premed, or pre-Ph.D. students designed to provide an intensive, hands-on, discovery-rich, creative and interdisciplinary research experience. This is a unique opportunity to learn interdisciplinary research with senior investigators. Trainees will have the option to work in one of three broad areas: immunology, molecular pathogenesis, or genetics/clinical epidemiology. Current areas of investigation are HIV/AIDS, atherosclerosis, bone disease, neurobiology, lupus, and alcoholism. 

For more information, email  Dr. Sunil Ahuja with an updated resume/CV including GPA, a personal statement detailing short-term and long-term goals.