S.M.A.R.T High School Research Program - Shreveport

The SMART Program provides a yearlong research experience with investigators at LSUHSC for 10-12 high school seniors from Caddo, Bossier and DeSoto Parishes who have career interest in medicine, biomedical research or biomedical engineering.

The purpose of the SMART (Science and Medicine Academic Research Training)program is to provide opportunities for academically advanced high school students who are interested in careers related to medicine, scientific research, and biomedical engineering to benefit from intensive research with medical clinicians, researchers, and academic staff. Partners include the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, LSU Health Shreveport, and Caddo, Bossier, and DeSoto parish school boards.

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Timeline Photos 04/29/2021

Help the SMART program continue to thrive during Give for Good! 🔬

Help prepare local students for tomorrow by providing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education opportunities today. Donate now at giveforgoodnla.org/brf.


Due to recent ❄️ storms, power outages, and cancelations, the deadline for applications has been extended to Tuesday, March 2 at 4pm. Message us with any questions!

The Bobbie Cates Hicks Science and Medicine Academic Research Training Program (SMART) is now accepting applications for participation during the 2021-2022 school year. Applications are due by February 28, 2021. More information can be found at BRF’s website at the following link: https://www.brfla.org/edventures/


The Bobbie Cates Hicks Science and Medicine Academic Research Training Program (SMART) is now accepting applications for participation during the 2021-2022 school year. Applications are due by February 28, 2021. More information can be found at BRF’s website at the following link: https://www.brfla.org/edventures/


The 2020-2021 Bobbie Cates Hicks SMART program starts this week! We are so excited to welcome the new students and wish them much success! Thank you to all of the LSUHSC mentors, community members, and the Caddo, Bossier and DeSoto Parish School Boards for partnering to make this program possible.


Due to COVID-19, our summer SMART program was unfortunately canceled. Planning for fall is in full-swing, with considerations for COVID protocols and laboratory occupancy restrictions being carefully followed. We are working with LSUHSCS to ensure the health and safety of both participants and mentors, and look forward to sharing more information soon.


Please consider giving to our Give for Good campaign to support the SMART and BioStart Internship Programs! We have a fantastic group of talented and excited students from 5 high schools ready to start SMART this fall! Support our future local doctors, nurses, and research scientists!! 👨🏾‍🔬👩🏻‍⚕️🩺🔬

Since 1997, BRF has partnered local high school seniors with researchers at LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport for two hands-on internship programs. With our focus on the future of healthcare, help us support these aspiring doctors and scientists today.

To learn more about and to donate to the Bobbie Cates Hicks Science and Medicine Academic Research Training (SMART) program and the BioStart program, visit www.giveforgoodnla.org/brf.

SMART is a partnership among BRF, LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, and the Caddo, Bossier, and DeSoto parish school boards.

BioStart is a partnership among BRF, LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, and Southwood High School.


2018 SMART class

SMART Luncheon 2017 04/24/2017

SMART Luncheon 2017

[03/07/17]   Dear Graduates, Friends, Family Members, Educators and Supporters:
The BRF will once again participate in “Give for Good” day on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, to raise funds for the SMART Program.

This year, to promote the Program, we would like to share a few “Where are they Now?” stories and are asking for your assistance.

We are looking for past SMART graduates who have either stayed in the Shreveport area or moved away. Either way they had an opportunity to experience the Program.

To facilitate this endeavor we are asking your assistance to forward the following information and have past students share with others and reach back directly to us.

Our deadline for this information is Friday, March 24.

Past SMART Student Response Questions:
Please provide the following information about yourself, along with a headshot:

1. Name and Contact Information
2. Year graduated from SMART Program
3. Graduated from what high school
4. Attended and graduated from what College/University?
5. What degree did you obtain or are you pursuing at the present time?
6. If you are finished with academics, what is your present career and place of employment?
7. What projects are you working on or have worked on that the SMART Program may have relevance to in preparing you for a career in science?
8. How did SMART help equip you for the future you are pursing today?

Don’t be afraid to brag on yourself a little bit here – please include any other pertinent information.

Thank you so much for sharing part of your journey with us. Please have this information back to us at [email protected] by March 24 so that we may include you in our Give For Good story!


SMART application

Applications to SMART are due Monday, February 27. Click the link to download!



This year's SMART students gathered up for a photo op this morning in the BRI - great looking group!


S.M.A.R.T High School Research Program - Shreveport's cover photo


Sassy Williams explains SMART

We're celebrating 20 years of SMART! Here's SMART Coordinator Sassy Williams with a quick explainer of this amazing, yet lesser known program in our community.

brfla.org 06/06/2016

EdVentures SMART Luncheon - Biomedical Research Foundation

Catch details of the luncheon and 19th class here!

brfla.org The Biomedical Research Foundation held its annual luncheon honoring the Science and Medicine Academic Research Training program 2016 class, which consists of area high school seniors who gain experience through a one-year, hands-on curriculum of medical-intensive projects at the Louisiana State Uni...


Our 19th class just graduated from the SMART program! Congrats to this bright bunch, and we look forward to the 20th class! Biomedical Research Foundation

[02/04/13]   Congratulations to the 2012-2013 SMART students who placed in the Top Five at the Louisiana Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) in January!

2nd Place: Joan Liu, Caddo Magnet High School, Shreveport
4th Place: Christine Hennigan, Captain Shreve High School, Shreveport
5th Place: Sarah Brantley, Airline High School, Bossier City

Joan will be participating in the National JSHS in Dayton, Ohio in May 2013.

Great job, SMART students!

[04/19/12]   NEW!! SMART Luncheon Photo Album created. Nearly 80 people attended the 2011-2012 Annual SMART Luncheon on April 18 at the Petroleum Club of Shreveport. Students, faculty mentors from LSU Health Shreveport, parents, lab partners, and teachers and administrators from Caddo, Bossier and DeSoto Parishes came to celebrate another successful year of the SMART laboratory research program for high school seniors.

SMART Program Luncheon, April 18, 2012 04/19/2012

SMART Program Luncheon, April 18, 2012


The Biomedical Research Foundation : News Room

The SMART Alumni Tracking Study results are now available. Thanks to all of you who responded to this survey. These results will be used to demonstrate the impact of the SMART program by providing laboratory and medical research opportunities to high school seniors.


[01/23/12]   Hello, SMART Alums: We received 84 responses to our tracking survey! Many thanks to those who participated and spent the time providing us with valuable information that will help us improve the SMART program. Results are being tabulated now, and we hope to have them posted by mid-February 2012.
Lauren, Virginia, and Dawn

[11/07/11]   We have 51 responses so far! For those of you SMART alums out there, please complete the survey with the link on the Welcome Page, if you haven't already. We hope to get at least another 30-40 more responses. Thanks to all of you who've already responded.

[10/07/11]   FOR SMART ALUMS: Please complete the survey located on the Welcome page. Please click on the Welcome tab on the left to find the link to the survey.

[10/03/11]   We are excited about our new page! Tell your friends to "Like" us, too!

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Sassy Williams explains SMART




1505 Kings Hwy
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General information

Since 1997, 229 high school seniors have participated in the SMART program; 10-12 students are selected each year from the participating parishes. Students gain experience in solving research problems that prepare them for the competitive world of medical and scientific professions. Many SMART students participate in prestigious national science competitions, such as the Intel Science Talent Search. Students gain experience in solving medical problems by assisting with research in cancer, mental diseases, cellular function, inflammation and infectious disease. Furthermore, they have an opportunity to become familiar with advanced medical techniques such as electrophoresis, electron microscopy, and spectrophotometry, using equipment that would be beyond the realm of a typical high school laboratory. The students also participate in tours and demonstrations in other departments of the medical center, including the Gross Anatomy laboratory, the PET Imaging Center, and Animal Resources. Since program inception, 100% of graduates have attended college, with many majoring in the sciences and intending to follow a scientific or health-related career path.
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