Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program


The State University of New York Upstate Medical University, College of Graduate Studies is offering scholarships for its 2022 Summer Undergraduate Fellowship (SURF) Program. The goal of the SURF program is to expose undergraduate students to biomedical research. In an intensive ten-week summer program, undergraduate students with appropriate faculty assistance will formulate their own proposal, conduct research under the supervision of one of our professors, write a research paper, and have the opportunity to have their work published. In the process, students will attend research seminars, present and participate in a student journal club, present their work, and participate in discussions about alternative research careers and how to apply for graduate school. Students have many opportunities to interact directly with many of our faculty and graduate students.

There is also a special course (SURF-PS) and admissions option for SURF scholars interested in a career path as a physician-scientist. This initiative aims to expose undergraduate students, especially students from underrepresented backgrounds in science and health care. Prospective scholarship recipients will apply alongside traditional SURF students. Accepted fellows will be exposed to basic and translational science alongside a PI and a current MD/PhD student mentor who is in the PhD portion of the training. Fellows will have the opportunity to satisfy their clinical curiosity during weekly rounds with an MD/PhD clinical faculty. The remaining requirements and events are the same as their SURF counterparts.

The program runs from Monday June 6, 2022 to Friday August 12, 2022.

Each scholarship recipient will receive a stipend of $3,500 for the period plus accommodation.

Applicants to the program must be undergraduate students in good academic standing, who will be between their junior and senior years during the summer of 2022, and are majors in chemistry, biology or a related field. Applicants must have a strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in biomedical research.

The primary criteria for selecting fellows will be personal scholarship, academic excellence, and alignment of interests of applicants with those of participating biomedical faculty members at SUNY Upstate Medical University. International students who currently have a J-1 or F-1 visa and are already attending school in the United States can apply.

Application the deadline is February 28, 2022.


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