The vision of the Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Fund Biomedical Research Academy (VBRA) is to provide an immersive biomedical research, educational and college preparatory program for San Antonio and surrounding area high school students.

The Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy will be seeking the very best rising high school Sophomores (current Freshman in 2021-2022 school year) to partner with outstanding biomedical scientists from UT Health San Antonio to promote excellence in scholarship and biomedical research training for a 3-year period. In year 1, the Academy consists of an engaging, hands-on, 7 -week summer research program, in addition to participation in a number of special enrichment and research-oriented activities throughout the academic year. In years 2 and 3, students participate in a faculty-mentored research experience. Students are supported through stipends during the summers of the program and parental involvement is also required.  The metric for success of the Academy is the development of a pool of highly competitive students in San Antonio and surrounding areas who successfully pursue future careers in biomedical research in our community.

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The Student Experience

In year 1, the Academy will consist of an immersive, hands on, summer research program, in addition to participation in a number of special research oriented activities throughout the academic year.

About the Voelcker Family

Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker were deeply interested in medical research, San Antonio and children. The Voelcker Fund Biomedical Research Academy is proud to support the goals of the Voelcker Fund to advance medical research that leads to cures for some of our most serious health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, muscular dystrophy, arthritis and macular degeneration.

“Provide an immersive biomedical research education and college preparatory program for San Antonio high school students.”

– Minnie Voelcker

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