MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Summer Biomedical Academy 2020 is canceled
due to COVID-19 restrictions

Please take a look at our free, virtual STEM content for this year:
https://gsbs.uth.edu/current-students/community-outreach/science-for-kids

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SBA will, unfortunately, not be taking place this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The safety of our students, speakers, and staff volunteers is our top priority. In the meantime, we have created some exciting, free, virtual content to discuss different STEM topics located on our website:
https://gsbs.uth.edu/current-students/community-outreach/science-for-kids
This content includes detailed talks and essays about STEM careers as well as fun science experiments that you can actually do at home! We look forward to planning for an SBA event in 2021 when we can ensure the highest level of safety for everyone participating.

Summer Biomedical Academy (SBA) is an event hosted by the Community Outreach Program to expose high school juniors and seniors to a variety of careers and research areas in the biomedical sciences. Students will have hands on experiences led by graduate students and faculty from MD Anderson Cancer Center and the UTHealth Science Center at Houston. Areas of study include neuroscience, microbiology, developmental biology, genetics, forensic science, anatomy and physiology, cancer, immunology, and medical physics. Additionally, students will get to tour laboratories and attend career development events.


Dates for the 2021 SBA will be posted as soon as they are confirmed. Applicants will need to write a 250-500 word personal statement, explaining what they hope to gain from this experience. The students will have the option of submitting a letter of recommendation from a STEM teacher and an additional statement to describe any disadvantages they may have had that limited their learning of science. 

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Below is the schedule for 2019 SBA: 


Day 1 (7/16)

Day 2 (7/17)

Day 3 (7/18)

Day 4 (7/19)

8:30-9am

Students Arrive

8:30-9am

Students Arrive

8:30-9am

Students Arrive

8:30-9am

Students Arrive

9:00-

9:30am

Dean's Welcome:

Dr. Barton

9:00-

9:30am

Daily Schedule, Introduction to Brainstem

9:00-

10:00am

DNA
“DNA: It’s In the Genes” Talk
DNA Experiment: Collecting Strawberry DNA

9:00-

11:30am

Cancer Biology

& Medical Physics

9:30-

9:45am

Rules & Schedule

9:30-

12:00pm

Brainstem

9:45-

10:45am

Bacteria

Collecting Bacteria from our environment exercise

10:00-

12:00pm

Forensics

Seminars:

Deborrah Pinto, Forensic Anthropologist

Michelle Sanford, Forensic Entomologist

10:45-

12:00pm

“Is Bacteria Good or Bad?” Talk and Game

11:30-

1:00pm

Career Roundtable & Lunch

*Group Picture

12:00-

1:00pm

Lunch

12:00-

1:00pm

Lunch

12:00-

1:00pm

Lunch

1:00-

3:00pm

Developmental Biology

1:00-

4:00pm

Brainstem

1:00-

3:00pm

Anatomy & Physiology

1:00-

3:00pm


Immunology

3:00-

4:00pm

Lab Tours

3:00-

4:00pm

Check Bacteria Plates, discuss results

3:00-

4:00pm

Program Evaluations, Awards

4-5pm

Students Depart

4-5pm

Students Depart

4-5pm

Students Depart

4-5pm

Students Depart

Frequently Asked Questions:

When is SBA?

We hope to reschedule this event in 2021. Please continue to monitor this website and our social media for updates.

Is transportation provided to SBA?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer transportation or reimbursement for transportation/parking.

Where can I park?

There is a garage attached to the building, but it charges a daily rate. Unfortunately, we cannot reimburse for parking or transportation costs. However, there is a Metro bus stop outside of the building (Bertner Ave @Bates St) and a MetroRail stop on Fannin Street, 2 blocks away (Red Line, Dryden/TMC).

Where is SBA?

6767 Bertner Avenue

S3.8371B Mitchell Basic Sciences Research Building (BSRB)

Houston TX 77030 

Upon entering the building, students should proceed to the third floor (up one flight of stairs from the ground floor, or take the elevator to the third floor) and proceed to room S3.8371B.

Is there a dress code?

YES! There is a strict dress code. Each student should dress comfortably and wear long pants, closed toe shoes, and a shirt with long or short sleeves (no tank tops, tube tops, or midriff shirts allowed). We will be touring labs and doing experiments, so appropriate attire is very important for safety reasons.

Do I need to bring anything?

Your interest and enthusiasm for science! The room we will be in is often cold, so you may want to bring a sweater or sweatshirt.

Do I need to bring a lunch?

No! Lunch and snacks will be provided for you. If you have special dietary restrictions or allergies, please feel free to reply to this email to inform us of those.

What areas will we be covering?

Areas of study include neuroscience, microbiology, developmental biology, genetics, forensic science, anatomy and physiology, cancer, immunology, and medical physics. Additionally, students will get to tour laboratories and attend career development events.