The Office of Undergraduate Research and Community Outreach at the University of Miami (UM) is pleased to announce the call for applications to the UM Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Summer Research Program for Miami Dade College (MDC) students.

2019 Dates: May 20th - July 25th

The program is open to MDC students who have participated in the HHMI Authentic Research labs in biology and/or chemistry. Interested applicants must satisfy the below requirements in order to qualify:

  • Completed at least two semesters at MDC before program start date
  • Major in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field
  • US citizen or permanent residents
  • 3.0 minimum GPA

Program participants will conduct research with a UM faculty mentor for 40 hours per week over a 10-week period.  A $5,000 stipend will be provided.  Participants are not permitted to register for courses or have jobs during the ten-week program.  There will be required weekly meetings for professional development with the program director.  At the end of the program, on July 25th, all participants will be required to give a public presentation of their work at a UM research symposium and submit a research paper.

If interested in participating, please follow the application instructions below.

  1. Complete online application
    1. Write and submit a one page essay describing your interests and how participating in this program will help you achieve your career goals
    2. Upload most recent MDC transcript (Unofficial and Official copies accepted)
  2. Ask the MDC faculty member you took the authentic research lab with to submit a letter of support through the link emailed to them after completing the online application. 

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Michael Gaines at 305-284-5058 or, or send an email to