Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

At the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, we offer an incredible opportunity for undergraduate students to conduct biomedical research through our Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP).

The Graduate School, and thus our SURP program, evolved within the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), and are part of the expansive Mount Sinai Health System. As a SURP student, you will find yourself immersed in biomedicine, science, and their research and clinical applications, amidst the vibrancy and diversity of New York City.

Ours is a competitive program attracting some of the most accomplished undergraduate students nationwide; most of whom are planning to pursue a PhD or an MD/PhD path after graduating from a current bachelor’s program.

SURP provides intensive research training in a cutting-edge biomedical laboratory, giving you an insider’s perspective into academic life. This is a 10-week program that begins in June of every year. Once accepted and enrolled in SURP, you receive free housing and a $3,500 stipend. The stipend is subject to all federal, state, and local taxes. Please note you need to be attending a US institution, in order to be considered for SURP.

SURP Fellow Opportunities

As a SURP fellow, you will choose a mentor from among the 200 ISMMS Graduate School faculty, enhancing your technical skills and independence in the lab.

You will acquire valuable experience attending a weekly seminar series to introduce you to research-intensive career options and role models for career pathways. You also will participate in departmental seminars, journal clubs, work-in-progress meetings, and work on a presentation project for SURP Fellows’ Research Day. Additionally, you will have full access to the School’s recreation office, networking opportunities with current students, faculty members, and school administration

During the summer, you will meet with directors of our graduate programs (e.g., PhD and MD/PhD) to discuss and answer questions about their programs. You are also encouraged to meet with directors of the multidisciplinary training areas (MTA) that you are interested in, to better understand each MTA’s admissions process and unique training opportunities. In addition, each year, select SURP fellows may be chosen for an accelerated admissions process into the graduate programs offered at ISMMS. Benefits of this program could include an expedited interview process and early acceptance into graduate school.

Meet the SURP Directors

Kristen Brennand, PhD
Co-Director SURP
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Neuroscience

Jeremiah Faith, PhD
Co-Director SURP
Assistant Professor, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Medicine, Clinical Immunology