Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at University of Texas
The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at UT Southwestern’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is an intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. careers in biomedical research. Fellows spend 10 weeks (beginning in early June and ending mid-August) pursuing individual research projects in the laboratories of Graduate School faculty members. Fellows gain experience in modern research techniques and plan and execute an experimental strategy to answer a scientific question. SURF introduces students to the kinds of projects encountered during postgraduate research training and fosters an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of answers to current questions in the biological sciences. At the end of the SURF Program, fellows present their research during a poster session.
2022 Program Dates: June 6 – August 13, 2022
In addition to laboratory research, fellows attend weekly seminars given by UT Southwestern faculty members. Informal discussions about careers in science and graduate training are also scheduled.
Approximately 50 fellows participate in the summer research program. Fellows are assigned to a laboratory and research project according to their previous training and research interests.
Research areas include:
- Biological Chemistry
- Biomedical Engineering
- Cancer Biology
- Cell Biology
- Developmental Biology
- Mechanisms of Disease
- Molecular Biology
- Physical science, mathematics, biomedical engineering, and chemistry majors should consider the Quantitative and Physical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Fellowship (QP-SURF) Program or the QP-SURF Chemistry Program.
Natural and biological sciences majors who have an interest in stem cell and regenerative medicine should apply to SURF – Stem Cell Program.
Natural and biological sciences majors who have an interest in kidney disease should apply to the Summer Undergraduate Research Institution for the Study of Kidney Disease (SURISKD) Program.
To apply for SURF, please complete the online application. Within the application, you will need to upload your transcripts (official or unofficial) from each college you have attended.
We also require two letters of recommendation, which can come from mentors, teachers, employers, or advisers. Letters should discuss the applicant’s scientific and intellectual abilities, previous training and experience, and potential for a career in research.
Once the application is submitted, recommenders will receive an email with a link to upload their recommendation letter.
Application for SURF 2022 will open on November 1, 2021.
The deadline is February 1, 2022.