Student Summer Research Internship (Lab Rats)

Summer high school research internships will be granted to 8 high school students (ages 16 or older) for 6-weeks during the summer break. Interns will participate in hands-on, hypothesis driven, project-based research, in the laboratories of their chosen mentor.The goal of this program is to provide an authentic research experience for students interested in careers in health sciences, engineering and biomedical research. Labs from several different colleges across campus are participating, so that each student has the opportunity to perform research in an area of interest.

During the course of their internship, students will:

  • Learn how to conduct a literature search and read scientific papers
  • Perform basic search at the bench
  • Have weekly group meetings and discussions
  • Attend weekly seminars/talks on campus
  • Learn about the evolution of technology as it relates to their research and field of interest
  • Participate in a Scientific Symposium where they will give a short talk about their research at the conclusion of the program
  • Receive a stipend for their participation in the program

Housing and daily meals will be provided. Students will be housed in dorm-style student housing located at the Cambridge Apartments (see link for details). 

The program provides you an exciting opportunity to work with outstanding professors and leading research scientists. See the list to learn more about them.


2017 Lab Rats Program

The program provided an opportunity for students from our two partnering high schools (Med High and Mercedes High School) to participate in hands-on, hypothesis driven, project-based research in the laboratories of their chosen mentor. Students were invited to apply online through the website that featured a list of Texas A&M faculty willing to host students in their labs, along with a description of their research focus. A total of 30 students applied and 8 applicants were ultimately selected using carefully designed rubrics, and with input from the project leaders and school administration at both schools. The selected students were assigned to research labs based on the preferences indicated in their applications.

The eight selected students arrived on Texas A&M University campus on June 11, 2017. The MENTORS Project provided accommodations, 3 meals/day and a stipend of $1,200 for each of the Interns. Before working in the labs, the students attended a day-long orientation to receive required training on general and lab-specific biosafety and blood borne pathogens. Over the course of the 6-week program, students also participated in lectures and discussions on research ethics, scientific misconduct, the appropriate use of animals in research and preparing and delivering a 10-minute scientific talk. Throughout the program, the group participated in enjoyable social and educational events, including movie nights, a visit to the George Bush Presidential museum, and a Tae Kwon Do class taught by one of the postdoctoral fellows. The program culminated in the Summer Research Symposium on July 20th, 2017. Each student gave a 10-minute “platform” presentation of his/her work, and answered questions for up to 5 minutes. The program ended and students departed on Friday July 21, 2017.

Meet the Lab Rats 2017

Applications for 2018 Lab Rats is now OPEN!!

Application deadline is February 26, 2018.