Each year Drexel University College of Medicine awards Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) to undergraduate students interested in biomedical research careers.
The purpose of the SURF program is to provide students with an opportunity to enhance their analytical and technical scientific research skills while earning a stipend to support their participation. Research interns are mentored by College of Medicine faculty, who work in various disciplines including biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, neuroscience, microbiology, immunology, pathobiology, pharmacology and physiology.
Drexel University College of Medicine faculty and members of their laboratories guide students through the planning and practice of daily research experiments and activities. Each student is assigned to work in a specific laboratory for the duration of the program. SURF students typically work on a unique project related to the research goals of that particular laboratory. Students are integrated into the daily work of the laboratory, participating in laboratory meetings and gaining exposure to different facets of the laboratory's research. Mentors help students apply their current knowledge and skills and assist them in making the connection between laboratory experiences and their academic studies. Successful applicants will be matched with a participating faculty member according to their research interests.
At the end of the summer, students give specific, conference-style presentations describing their research projects to an audience of Drexel faculty and graduate/medical students. The students will meet periodically with their mentors to prepare and review the content of their oral presentations. In addition, the students may return in October to present their research at Discovery Day, the annual day of research at Drexel University College of Medicine.
The SURF award includes a $3,000 stipend paid directly to the student during the course of the program. A limited number of accepted students will be provided housing. Those who do not get housing must reside within a reasonable commuting distance of the College of Medicine during the full term of the program; please indicate your summer address on the application.
The ten-week SURF program will begin June 1 and will run through August 15. SURF students are expected to work 40 hours per week in their assigned laboratory for the duration of the program.
Applicants must have an interest in pursuing biomedical research (i.e., MS , PhD or MD/PhD) in graduate school and must be in good standing at their respective undergraduate institutions. Sophomores and juniors (as of Spring 2015) are given priority, although freshmen may apply. Seniors expected to graduate in 2015 are not eligible. Selection will be based on the student's academic undergraduate record, research experience, letters of recommendation and statements of research interests and career goals.
Online applications will be available soon. Completed applications must be submitted by January 15, 2015. Along with the online application we require two letters of recommendation and an official transcript from your current college/university. Early applications are encouraged, as a limited number of fellowships may be awarded prior to the deadline. In all cases, candidates will be notified of fellowship award by email, making it vital that a correct email address be provided in the application.
Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of reference are required and must be submitted via email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters should be on official letterhead and must be sent directly from the recommender. Please put “SURF Program, [name of applicant]” in the subject line.
Official transcripts can be mailed to:
Division of Biomedical Sciences
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies
2900 W. Queen Lane, Suite G-24
Philadelphia, PA 19129