Admission to the Summer Accelerated Biomedical Research (SABR) Program

The Francis Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers undergraduate students the opportunity to become part of our school through our SABR program.

The SABR program is a 10-week paid internship. The program is an excellent educational opportunity with a commitment to fostering our interns' interest in science and research. The program is intended for undergraduate students who wish to gain more research experience before entering graduate school.

The program introduces interns to a full-time work schedule; this can be a first-time experience for many. During the 10 weeks of the program, interns are exposed to the life of a graduate student while learning to become more independent and autonomous. Along the way, interns will be assisted by their mentor, graduate students, other lab staff members, and the TTUHSC El Paso Francis Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences administration.


  • Complete and submit an online application prior to the application closing date.
  • Application period: Sept. 4, 2023, through March 29, 2024.
  • Supporting documents:
    • Personal essay stating your reasons for applying to the program.
    • Two letters of recommendation.
    • Copies of unofficial transcript(s) from all accredited U.S. colleges and universities attended must be submitted.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Francis Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences main office with any questions or concerns: or 915-215-4157

All applicants should allow ample time for required supporting documents to be received and added to their application file. Applicants will not be considered for evaluation until the Francis Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences main office receives all support documents. 

Important Information

  • The SABR program begins June 3, 2024 and ends August 9, 2024.
  • Interns who successfully complete the TTUHSC El Paso SABR program and wish to apply to one of our academic programs may be eligible for an application fee waiver at the dean’s discretion.
  • A typical workweek will consist of at least 40 hours, sometimes more, depending on experiments conducted. Interns will work with a mentor to create a daily/weekly schedule for experiments and research.
  • The SABR program is a full-time commitment. Interns will be unable to concurrently take summer school classes or work a second job.
  • At the end of the 10-week program, interns are required to participate in a Final Research Presentation.
  • Former SABR interns are not eligible to re-apply.