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Summer Research Opportunities at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

 Five summer undergraduate research programs at UT Southwestern Medical Center

For the 26th 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 100 undergraduate 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, development, genetics, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, stem cell and pharmacology are represented. The SURF website can be found at www.utsouthwestern.edu/SURF . 

In the summer of 2017, we launched a highly successful SURF subprogram specifically focused on stem cells and regenerative medicine, entitled SURF-Stem Cell. This program will be repeated in Summer 2018 and information can be found at www.utsouthwestern.edu/surf-stemcell .

For the 15th 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 15 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. The program website and on-line application for QP-SURF can be found atwww.utsouthwestern.edu/qp-surf .

For the 7th year, we are highlighting opportunities for undergraduates interested in research at the interface between chemistry and biomedical research through QP-SURF-Chemistry.  Information is available at www.utsouthwestern.edu/qp-surf-chemistry .

Finally, for the 5th year, we are 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 15 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 Fellows 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 atwww.utsouthwestern.edu/SURISKD .

All five summer programs include topic specific weekly science seminars, optional courses in genetics and cancer, a leadership course, social events, and a scientific poster session at the conclusion of the program. Our programs will run from June 4th through August 10th, 2018.  Participants will be selected based on their essays, letters of recommendation, 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.

The application deadline for all 5 programs is February 9, 2018. 

I would be happy to answer any questions you or your students might have about our summer research opportunities.

Nancy E. Street, PhD
Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
UT Southwestern Medical Center
5323 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75390-9004


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