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Do I qualify to apply?

CLICK ON YOUR DEGREE STATUS

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Medical Scholars

Am I eligible to apply?

The Med Scholar track is designed for applicants who…

  • Are enrolled in medical school OR intending to attend in the upcoming Fall semester and have been in a full time degree program within the preceding 12 months

  • Live in/near Houston, Texas OR are willing to relocate (for the 10 week summer program only)

  • Have a bachelor’s degree OR are currently in school and on track to graduate by spring

  • Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Additionally, you are strongly encouraged to apply if you are…

  • A first-generation college graduate

  • From a low-income household

  • From a low-resourced community

What do I need to apply?

You will need…

  • Official transcripts

  • CV or resume

  • A complete CATALYST application

  • Statement of research experience and interest(s)

  • Two letters of recommendation

Ready to apply? 

Apply through MD Anderson Cancer Center’s CATALYST program HERE

Applications are accepted from late November through early January for the upcoming summer semester.

Graduate Scholars

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Am I eligible to apply?

The Grad Scholar track is designed for applicants who…

  • Are full-time doctoral students (any year)

  • Are in counseling psychology, clinical psychology, social work, or similar degree program

  • Live in/near Houston, Texas and can work onsite at MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • Are NOT employed >10 hours a week OR are willing to relinquish the position in order to participate

  • Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents

Additionally, you are strongly encouraged to apply if you are…

  • A first-generation college graduate

  • From a low-income household

  • From a low-resourced community

When will I hear back?

After email submission, a confirmation of receipt and the application decision date will be emailed within 2 business days

Finalists will be invited for a video conference interview. Acceptance or waitlist decisions will be conveyed via email within 1-2 weeks after the interview.

What do I need to apply?

You will need…

  • Statement of purpose​

    • Up to a 3-page description (excluding references) of your education and research background, research/career interests, professional goals, and fit with the STRONGER Scholar program. Explain how this program will help you meet your goals. 

  • Mentor priority form

    • ​Rank order of 3-5 potential mentors HERE

  • CV

  • Unofficial university transcript

  • ​Demographic information form HERE

  • Two letters of recommendation using THIS standardized form, emailed directly by the recommender

    • 1 letter should be completed by the applicant’s major professor/advisor.

Ready to submit?

  • Compile the following documents into one PDF file:

  1. Statement of purpose

  2. Mentor priority form

  3. CV

  4. Unofficial university transcript

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