For the 23rd consecutive year, UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is sponsoring the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. The goal of SURF is to give 75 students an intensive, 10-week research experience in a world class research environment. Students immerse themselves in the laboratory and work on individual research projects with UT Southwestern Graduate School faculty. Most areas of modern biomedical engineering, cancer biology, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, and pharmacology are represented. In addition to research, SURF provides seminars, optional classes in Cancer Biology and Genetics, social events, and an end-of-program poster session. The SURF website and on-line application can be found at www.utsouthwestern.edu/SURF. For the first time this coming summer a subprogram within SURF, called SURF-CANCER, will also be offered to highlight the depth and breadth of cancer research on our campus. The 2016 CPRIT announcement describes this new program.
For the 12th year, we are also sponsoring the Quantitative and Physical Science Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (QP-SURF) Program. This program, initially funded by a NIGMS training grant and now funded internally, will accept 20 students who are earning their undergraduate degrees in the field of biomedical engineering, mathematics, computer science, physics, or chemistry. The goal of QP-SURF is to give students an intensive, research experience and demonstrate to students in the physical and quantitative sciences how their knowledge and skill sets are applied in a biomedical research setting. QP-SURF students would carry out their 10-week research project in a biomedical engineering, biophysics, computational biology, or quantitative/analytical chemistry laboratory. QP-SURF students also participate in seminars, optional classes in Cancer Biology and Genetics, social events, and an end-of-program poster session. The program website and on-line application for QP-SURF can be found atwww.utsouthwestern.edu/QP-SURF.
For the 2nd year, UT Southwestern is also sponsoring the Summer Undergraduate Research Institution for the Study of Kidney Disease (SURISKD) Program. This program is funded by a National Institute of health and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIHIDDKD) training grant and will accept 12 students who are earning their undergraduate degrees in the field of natural sciences. The goal of SURISKD is to give students an intensive summer research training experience for college students who are preparing for Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. careers in kidney-related research. SURISKD spend 10-weeks pursuing individual research projects that range from embryonic development and physiology to kidney cancer and imaging in the laboratories of Graduate School faculty members. The SURISKD website and on-line application can be found at www.utsouthwestern.edu/SURISKD.
All five summer programs will run from June 6th through August 12th, 2016. Participants will be selected based on their letters of reference, course work, and experience. The stipend for the 10-week program is $4,000. If a fellow requires housing, the costs will be covered by the program; however, fellows are responsible for paying their own travel expenses. Application deadline is February 9, 2016.