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Summer Undergraduate Research Program Admissions

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program for Underserved Scholars (SURP4US) is an ideal program for passionate undergraduates from underserved and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged groups, with a strong interest in biomedical research and pursuing a career in the field. The Program allows students to gain valuable skills and hands-on research experience in preparation for a competitive PhD and MD-PhD program.

Specifically tailored to students from underserved groups, the Summer Undergraduate Research Program for Underserved Scholars provides hands-on research experience across various disciplines and helps prepare students for competitive applications to PhD or MD-PhD programs. Join us and take the first step toward a fulfilling career in biomedical sciences.

Getting Started

We welcome your application to SURP4US. For additional questions, contact Program Director, Hala Harony-Nicolas, PhD.

The application cycle opens annually on October 1 and closes on January 10 of the next year for enrollment in the following summer. To apply to SURP4US, please complete the online application, and submit the following:

  • *Official high school transcript
  • *Official college transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation. We strongly recommend that at least two letters of recommendation are from someone who knows you very well and can attest to your passion and commitment to research and science. We strongly encourage recommendation letters from individuals with whom you have had previous research experience, with specific comments about your research skills and experience.

*Copies of transcripts are sufficient for the application process. Original transcripts will be requested upon acceptance.

Applicants will be notified about their application status by mid-February.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Self-identify as underserved scholar by providing an explanation of why you have faced challenges in accessing hands-on research opportunities or are categorized as a socioeconomically disadvantaged scholar
  • Be currently enrolled in sophomore or junior year at a four-year undergraduate institution in the United States (including U.S. territories)
  • Have a strong background in science, a passion for research, and a desire to pursue it professionally in a biomedical PhD or MD-PhD program

SURP4US scholars will receive a $5,000 stipend and housing allowance. Stipend support and allowance are subject to all federal, state, and local taxes.