Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker
Provide an immersive biomedical research education and college preparatory program for San Antonio high school students.
The vision of the Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Fund Biomedical Research Academy is to provide an immersive biomedical research education and college preparatory program for San Antonio high school students. Through a collaborative partnership with the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, the goal of the Academy is to create a pipeline of the next generation of outstanding biomedical scientists for our community and the world.
The Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy partners the very best rising sophomores with outstanding biomedical scientists from the UT Health Science Center to promote excellence in scholarship and biomedical research training for a 3-year period. Students are selected from a broad array of San Antonio school districts, and parental involvement is strongly encouraged.
In year 1, the Academy will consist of an immersive, handson, summer research program, in addition to participation in a number of special research oriented activities throughout the academic year.
In year 1, the Academy consists of immersive, hands on, summer research program, in addition to participation in a number of special research oriented activities throughout the academic year. In years 2 and 3, distinguished Health Science Center scientists serve as the student’s mentors. At the conclusion of each year of the program, all successful Voelcker Scholars are awarded a monetary Voelcker Student Award and invited to participate in subsequent years of the program. As of 2012, there are 85 students Voelcker Scholars enrolled in the Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy. The metric for success of the Academy is the development of a pool of highly competitive students in San Antonio who successfully pursue future careers in biomedical research in our community.