Interested in a career in the Allied Health Professions?
The Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation sponsors a High School Summer Program in Biomedical Sciences at the School of Health Professions.
Current Texas high school seniors that will graduate in Spring 2018 and enter college in Fall 2018 are eligible to apply.
The program runs June 4-July 20, 2018.
This seven-week exploratory program is for college-bound students that have recently graduated from a Texas high school.
Participants experience various laboratory techniques, learn about the research process, and explore the fields of Clinical Laboratory Science, Cytogenetic Technology, Cytotechnology, Diagnostic Imaging, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Histotechnology, Medical Dosimetry, Molecular Genetic Technology and Radiation Therapy.
Throughout the program, participants will become aware of the variety of professional and graduate academic career paths associated with the 10 Bachelor of Science programs in the School of Health Professions.
Participants will have the opportunity to tour MD Anderson and other Texas Medical Center facilities, as well as attend the MD Anderson Summer Experience College Program Lecture Series.
At the conclusion of the program, participants will share their experiences during a presentation and a celebration luncheon.
Participants will approach their upcoming college term with an increased awareness and confidence in allied health professions career fields.
Students applying for the Summer Program must meet the following requirements.
- Enrollment in a Texas public, private or charter high school as a senior-level student during the Spring 2018 semester.
- Will graduate from high school prior to the start of the SHP Summer Program.
- Accepted into a college or university as a first-year college student during the Fall 2017 semester.
- U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or F1, J1 Visa Holders.
- *Able to attend the entire seven-week program.
*NOTE: attendees may be excused up to three days to attend new student orientation at their college or university.
The review committee will evaluate each application for a demonstration of
- Scientific aptitude.
- A record of academic achievement.
- An interest in pursuing an undergraduate degree in an allied professions field.
The following applicants are NOT eligible for this program.
- High school students taking dual credit courses and/or receiving a college level associates degree.
- High school seniors that are December 2017 graduates or August 2018 graduates.
- High school junior, sophomores, and freshman in the 2017-18 school year.
Participants in the program receive a scholarship for the seven-week period. This award is not a salary and is meant solely to subsidize cost of living expenses for students. The award is considered income and subject to all applicable taxes and fees.
For participants whose permanent residence is more than a 20-mile distance from the School of Health Professions (The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030), the Summer Program will consider providing dormitory housing at nearby Rice University.
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2017 Applications open.
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2018 Applications close - no new applications accepted.
*Mid-Feb., 2018 Application review process.
*Early March, 2018 Invitee selection process.
*Early April, 2018 Participants sent a letter of invitation.
Monday, June 4, 2018 Summer Program begins.
Friday, July 20, 2018 Summer Program ends.
*Subject to change
There is a two-step process for the application to our program. The first is the initial application in Discover, which includes:
- Biographical Information - we ask that you includes your Citizenship Data, which is NOT used for selection. If an applicant is invited and accepts, then this information is used for our grant reports and to prepare the correct paperwork for onboarding into the MD Anderson system. Reference "Citizenship Data" and note the following:
- If you were born in the United States, select "USA" for citizenship and "No" for Naturalization.
- If you were born in another country and have become a U.S. Citizen, select "USA" for citizenship and "Yes" for Naturalization.
- If you were born and are currently a citizen of another country and are a permanent resident of the U.S., select your country for citizenship, "yes" for permanent resident, and indicate if you have a visa.
- If you were born and are currently a citizen of another country, but NOT a permanent resident of the U.S., select your country for citizenship, "no" for permanent resident, and "yes" for visa.
- Voluntary Information - we ask that you fill out this information, which is NOT used for selection; we need to report the number of minors (attendees under 18 years of age) that attend our program; gender is used for residence hall placement and ethnicity is used for grant reporting.
- Academic History - list your high school(s) and any institution with which you took dual-credit courses.
- Employment and Training Experience - the same information as on your resume.
- Academic Awards and Honors - the same information as on your resume.
- Disclosure - you must initial each box to complete your application.
Once you complete the application, you will have access to documents in the second step, which is MD Anderson paperwork and includes:
- Additional Demographics and Future Plans Form - do not leave any number blank unless specified below
- 16. Please convert to a 4.0 scale
- 19. Blank unless you checked the first box in #18
- 20. Check "Other" and input "High School Senior"
- 21. Check "Other" and input "Undergraduate Freshman"
- 22. List your top five college/universities to which you have applied. If you have not applied, yet, input that you will apply and then list the school(s).
- 23. List the school to which you will attend in Fall 2017 OR the approximate date you will decide.
- Section IV. Leave the GRE and MCAT blank, but make sure to specify each ACT and/or ACT individual test and composite score of your most recent exam(s).
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) - this is all information about your accomplishments, which typically includes education, work experience, volunteer experience, honors and awards, and organizations and positions held. This document should be as long as it needs to be, however, be mindful of formatting, grammar, spelling and syntax. Do NOT include a picture.
- Personal Statement - download and follow the provided instructions, paying close attention to Step 1: Format. Please use Minion Pro font face, which is the "official" serif font of MD Anderson. ONLY COMPLETE STEPS 1 AND 2. This is NOT a research program, mentorship or internship. Step 3 does NOT apply to this program.
- Tobacco Policy Acknowledgment - print, sign and date, scan and upload the form; we will not accept digital or typed signatures.
- Two Letters of Recommendation - must be from an educational or professional reference (NOT a personal reference). All letters must be on official organization letterhead and signed by the reference, which must scan their signed letter and upload it as instructed.
- Transcripts - upload your most recent UNOFFICIAL high school transcript. Make sure it indicates you are in 12th grade and includes the classes you are taking during your senior year. We will not accept a transcript from the end of your junior year as we need to know that you are currently a senior.