FALL 2014: Available! Deadline is at 5PM on September 3,
Please address any questions to DeBakeyResearch@cvm.tamu.edu
or meet in VMA 300D.
HISTORY OF UNDERGRADUTE RESEARCH PROGRAM
The Michael E. DeBakey Undergraduate Research Program arose out
of competing needs to produce fundable research and to train the
next generation of academic researchers. Starting in 2004, a
program was initiated that formed research teams of
undergraduates with diverse backgrounds, skills, and goals.
Integrating research and education, the resulting
Research-Intensive Community allowed a dramatic increase in
undergraduate research opportunities while producing actual
research. To date, the program has received over $1.6M from NSF and
NIH, and over 600 undergraduates have been trained through this
DEBAKEY PROGRAM TODAY
With support from Learning for a Lifetime (L4L) funds, our
scalable model has allowed us to expand significantly to over 100
participants per semester. We have so far been able to maintain an
open program that does not select participants by GPA, academic
level, major, previous research experience, or future career goal.
As a result, many of our participants are first- or second-year
students, hailing from a diverse set of majors.
Besides gaining valuable experience performing research in
interdisciplinary teams, students earn the title of DeBakey
Undergraduate Research Scholar, have an opportunity to produce an
abstract for a scientific conference, and successfully advance to a
paid leadership position. Students will also have the opportunity
to attend seminars lead by faculty in the area of research
subjects, such as writing conference abstracts.
- First-time participants are required to take 3 credit hours of
VTPP 291 or 491 (independent research).
- Student must meet with their teams at least 3 hours a week at
times that allow participation of faculty advisors.
- Up to seven more hours per week are required to be spent on
research outside of normal team meetings.
- At the end of the semester, teams submit either a research plan
for the following semester, or an abstract suitable for submission
to a national research conference.
projects have been chosen both for their importance to basic
and applied cardiovascular science and the likelihood to lead to
results suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Our
approach leverages the insights of both mathematical modeling and
focused animal experimentation.