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Outreach Programs

The Health Science Center has received prestigious recognition for its longstanding history of programs aimed at increasing diversity within the scientific community. These awards include the Award for Excellence in Minority Recruitment from the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals, designation as an NIH-Minority Access Role Model Institution, and the President's Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering from the National Science Foundation.

The GSBS Office of Outreach administers programs whose principal goal is to increase the numbers of under-represented, disadvantaged, or first-generation college students entering the health professions and the biomedical sciences.

Primary School Outreach Programs

North Side High School Preceptorship

The Health Science Center has worked with the student and faculty from the Health Professions Magnet Program at North Side High school since 1982. Each year students from the junior and senior class of this school attend our clinics and laboratories for research preceptorships. These experiences have been highly successful for both students and faculty.  Additionally, students will spend up to twelve weeks in the laboratory, lengthened from the original six week program.  Faculty assign them to either observe patient care procedures in our clinic or to participate in various aspects of research in our laboratories. 

Adopt-A-School with Fort Worth Independent School District

The Health Science Center has conducted an adopt-a-school partnership with the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) since 1982, and is a charter member of the program. Its partnership includes seven schools in two high school pyramids, and enlists the support of faculty, staff, and student organizations in its implementation. School partners include Manuel Jara Elementary, J.P. Elder Middle, and North Side High Schools in the North Side pyramid, and Maude I. Logan Elementary, Dunbar Sixth Grade, Dunbar Middle and Dunbar High School in the Dunbar pyramid. It offers a variety of programming, tutoring, mentoring, advising, preceptorships and other activities to address low attendance rates, low academic achievement, low completion rates, and a need to improve cognitive development in science and leadership. Program activities are designed to expose students to the sciences and ensure that students acquire the knowledge and skills in science and leadership to enable them to enroll and succeed in post-secondary education.

Go Center Project with Fort Worth Independent School District

The GO Center Literacy Program at New Rising Star and Stop Six Community Center began in May 27, 2009. Activities offered, include providing assistance with college applications, SAT/ACT preparation, writing tips, career exploration, college research, financial aid/FAFSA, and presentations. Students also receive help with their homework and class work. UNTHSC has partnered with the Stop Six GO Center since 2008, collaborating on teen forums held at UNTHSC. In addition, the partnership collaborates on parent forums, as well as parent health focus groups.

The UNT Health Science Center Office also participates in the FWISD Super Saturday & College Financial Aid Help Sessions.  These help sessions assist students with completing college applications, scholarship applications and essays. This event is a collaborative effort with FWISD, Boys & Girls Club-Educational Talent Search, City of Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Princeton Review, Tarleton State University, Tarrant County College, Tarrant County Community Go Centers, TCU, Texas Wesleyan, TWU, University of North Texas, UNTHSC, and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences (TABS)

This program is a Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) early college high school collaboration between the UNTHSC, FWISD and the University of North Texas (UNT).  TABS is comprised of two groups of students and housed separately.   Students  take courses that will apply towards their high school diplomas as well college degrees. The program provides transition into the college setting.  The intent is to center the focus of TABS on biotechnology, biomedical sciences and/or on nanotechnology.  The coursework challenges students to develop an understanding of science, technology, mathematics, and engineering in an environment modeling real world context for learning and work.

FWISD Guidance and Counseling Volunteer Mentorship Program

The GSBS Office of Outreach began working with this program in January 2010.  The purpose of the program is to assist students with college/career preparation, thereby increasing the number of students who access and engage in post secondary opportunities. TCOM medical students are trained to work as community mentors to advise high school students and parents on the steps they need to take to make college a reality.  These TCOM students are eligible to participate in Translating Osteopathic Understanding into Community Health (TOUCH). 

North Side High School Math and Science Tutoring Program

North Side High School is utilizing students from UNTHSC to tutor in Algebra l, Algebra ll, Geometry, Biology and chemistry classes to better serve limited English proficiency students as well as the special education population. Tutors work within the classroom aiding students in their independent work after whole class instruction is finished.

Richard Milburn Academy Tutorial Partnership

UNTHSC students participate as tutors for the Richard Milburn Academy (RMA), a public charter high school that offers students the opportunity to get back on track, improve grades, and earn their diploma in a nontraditional learning environment. UNTHSC tutors provide support for math and science classes.

North Texas High Undergraduate and High School Research Symposium

Each year, the GSBS hosts a research symposium to foster interest in scientific research and careers in science, building a pipeline of students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in science. High school students from the local area and undergraduate students from across the state are invited to present their research in poster sessions, competing for awards. Attendees tour the campus and participate in a presentation by a distinguished alumnus. 

 Programs for Undergraduates

Summer Multicultural Advanced Research Training Program (SMART)

Each summer, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences hosts the SMART program. Designed to familiarize undergraduate students with the varied disciplines and methodologies used in biomedical research, the SMART program allows students to work with faculty scientists in state-of-the-art laboratories. SMART participants also attend classroom lectures to study the physiology sciences, general laboratory principles and safety practices. Acceptance into the SMART program includes a stipend and housing allowance. An application may be obtained by calling the Office of Outreach at (866) 21-REACH or (817) 735-0174. Click here to download an application and learn more about the SMART program.

Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program was established to prepare low-income students, first generation college students, and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education for doctoral study. It is a national program of the U.S. Department of Education, created in memory of Ronald E. McNair, PhD, an African American physicist killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger mission in 1986. Participants in the McNair program on the campus receive tutoring, counseling, assistance with securing graduate program admission and financial aid, preparation for the Graduate Record Examination, and various other support services. McNair Scholars also participate in summer internship programs in research laboratories with faculty mentors.

Participants from the SMART program are given preference for placement in the McNair program, but other students are encouraged to apply. Click here to download an application and learn more about the program.

Summer Training Among Research Scientists Program (STARS)

The STARS program provides an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to gain experience in a research laboratory under the supervision of faculty and senior graduate students. Participants are selected in open competition.

Participants will be awarded faculty-mentored summer research internships. These internships are full-time ten-week commitments.

Click here to download an application and learn more about the program.

North Texas High Undergraduate and High School Research Symposium

Each year, the GSBS hosts a research symposium to foster interest in scientific research and careers in science, building a pipeline of students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in science. High school students from the local area and undergraduate students from across the state are invited to present their research in poster sessions, competing for awards. Attendees tour the campus and participate in a presentation by a distinguished alumnus. 

Programs for Graduate Students

Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program and Retention Enhancement (PREP)

The PREP program provides low-income students, first generation college students, and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education (who have received undergraduate degrees in science) a challenging, focused post-baccalaureate experience that will prepare them for admission into doctoral programs, provide them skills to successfully complete graduate training, and thus increasing the number of these students receiving the Ph.D. degree. Participants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Have minimum 2.5 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours
  • Take the GRE (no minimum score)
  • Major in the life sciences (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, biotechnology, etc.)
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident
  • Intention of pursuing a PhD

PREP program participants gain research experience under the supervision of a faculty mentor and receive a research assistant stipend. Additional support includes a review course for the Graduate Record Examination, assistance with study strategies, tutoring, training in research presentation and electronic research techniques, advice for choosing a graduate school, and financing graduate education. Additional information is available at http://www.hsc.unt.edu/education/gsbs/prep.cfm.

Minority Opportunities in Research and Education (MORE)

The MORE program is designed to ease the transition from undergraduate to graduate studies through academic and financial support. The MORE program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). MORE Scholars receive full tuition and fees and a graduate assistantship. MORE Scholars participate in programs that offer academic assistance with study skills, exam taking skills, and introduction to laboratory research. Each MORE Scholar is paired with a senior student and a faculty advisor who serve as resources as the scholars adjust to graduate school.

MORE Scholars are selected each year from under-represented minority applicants accepted to the doctoral program in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Faculty Development

Steps Toward Academic Research (STAR) Fellowship Program

The Texas Center for Health Disparities hosts the STAR Fellowship Program. The STAR program offers emerging faculty a full year of collaborative training and interaction with faculty from the Health Science Center and other institutions, directed toward fostering Health Disparities Research Initiatives.

Ten faculty members are selected to join the all-expense-paid STAR Fellowship Program each year, while maintaining their regular faculty positions. The STAR Fellowship Program provides a unique approach that combines on-site faculty development and education with distance learning techniques that include video conferencing, on-line digital meetings, and “store and forward” technology in order to provide the skills necessary to STAR Fellows to enter into new health disparities research initiatives.

Successful completion of the STAR Fellows Program will offer each Fellow the opportunity to apply for pilot community-based health disparities research project grants each year ($25,000).

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