Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

May 28 - August 2, 2013
Application Deadline: February 1, 2013

The Bioscience Undergraduate Research Program and the Graduate Programs in Molecular Biology and Biological Chemistry at the University of Utah are pleased to offer the:

As well as its sister programs:

These programs provide opportunities to gain research experience in a variety of biological fields, including biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, ecology, genetics, immunology, molecular biology, and neurobiology.

Participating students will be matched, according to their interests, with faculty sponsors. Students will spend ten weeks working in a state-of-the-art research laboratory as part of their sponsor's research team. The research experience will be supplemented by an informal seminar series in which students will learn about the research interests and career paths of current students and faculty. To help students understand their research projects more deeply, they will each give verbal presentations and write a short proposal about their individual projects and present a poster at the end of the Program. Academic credit for the program is available. Students are expected to work full-time in the research laboratory for the duration of the program.

We believe this experience will prove invaluable for participants as they prepare for professional careers in research or medicine. A stipend of $3,000, expenses, meals, and housing in the University of Utah dormitories will be provided to all participants. Travel costs are provided for out-of-state students. A number of group activities will be coordinated by the programs to introduce students to and facilitate exploration of the unique Utah landscape.

Applicants must be full-time undergraduates who are citizens of the U.S. or permanent residents. No previous research experience is required.

The dates for the 2013 Programs are May 28 - August 2, 2013.

The application deadline is February 1, 2013. Students will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Strong interest in science
  • Must have completed one year of college
  • College transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

For lists of participating faculty go to:

Application Procedures:

  1. Online application
  2. Upload personal statement when submitting the application or mail to our address. The personal statement should be 500 words or less and include:
    • your reason for applying
    • the research you are interested in conducting
    • the technical skills you posses
    • your previous research experience
    • what you hope to gain from this program
  3. Submit official transcript(s) of all college work.
  4. Submit two letters of recommendation from science faculty members - sent in a sealed envelope signed over the flap by the recommender.
  5. All applicants will receive a letter via email after the Selection Committee has made its decision - so please add this email address to your address book to insure proper delivery of your email. send email

Eligibility Statement:

SURP is designed to accept applications from members of all racial and ethnic groups, however, we particularly encourage applications from students who belong to an ethnic or racial group that is considered by the National Institutes of Health to be underrepresented in the biomedical sciences (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Native Alaskan, Native Pacific Islander). Admission to the program is competitive and preference will be given to students who are currently sophomores or juniors.