Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
Monday, June 5, 2017 through Friday, August 11, 2017SURF Flyer
The State University of New York Upstate Medical University, College of Graduate Studies is offering fellowships for its 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. The aim of the SURF program is to expose undergraduate students to biomedical research. In an intensive ten-week summer program, undergraduates with appropriate faculty help will formulate their own proposal, carry out research under the supervision of one of our faculty, write a research paper and have the opportunity to see their work published. In the process, students will attend research seminars, present and participate in a student journal club, present their work, and participate in discussions on alternative careers in research and how to apply to graduate school. Students are given ample opportunities to interact directly with many of our faculty and graduate students.
The program runs from Monday, June 5, 2017 through Friday, August 11, 2017.
Each fellow will be provided a $3,000 stipend for the period plus housing.
Applicants to the program should be undergraduate students in good academic standing, who will be between their junior and senior years during the summer of 2017, and are majors in chemistry, biology, or a related field. Applicants must have a strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in biomedical research.
The main criteria for the selection of fellows will be personal scholarship, academic excellence, and the match of applicant interests with those of participating SUNY Upstate Medical University biomedical faculty members. International students who currently have a J-1 or F-1 visa, and who are already attending school in the United States, are eligible to apply.
- Complete the SURF online application, including a personal statement of your academic goals and career objectives.
- Submit an official transcript of your undergraduate study to date.
- Have two letters of recommendation submitted to the SURF Program. The letters of recommendation may be requested from professors related to your major, an advisor, and/or department chair. [Letters of recommendation can be mailed, or emailed, by your recommender to the program.]
Mail supplemental documents to:
SUNY Upstate Medical University
College of Graduate Studies
Room 3122, Weiskoktten Hall
766 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2017
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Mentors
- Dr. Michael Cosgrove : Structural biochemistry of the Mixed Lineage Leukemia core complex.
- Dr. Thomas Duncan: Allosteric regulation of bacterial ATP synthase in E. coli & in pathogenic Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
- Dr. Diana Gilligan: The role of miRNA in the development of acute leukemia.
- Dr. Heidi Hehnly: The role of cell division in tissue morphogenesis.
- Dr. Huaiyu Hu: Mechanisms of retinitis pigmentosa studied with zebrafish models.
- Dr. Patricia Kane: Genetics, genomics, and biochemistry of cellular pH regulation.
- Dr. Christine King: Dr. King's research focuses primarily on understanding how the innate immune system contributes to the pathogenesis of severe viral infections with the goal to develop novel therapeutics for treatment.
- Dr. Bruce Knutson: Integrated biology of macromolecular transcription complexes in cancer and developmental disease
- Dr. Mira Krendel: Analysis of the role of myosins (actin-dependent motor proteins) in membrane trafficking, cell motility, and cell adhesion. Myosins in kidney diease and cancer.
- Dr. Juntao Luo: Rational design of nanocarriers for the delivery of anticancer drugs, protein therapeutics and gene molecules.
- Dr. Eric Olson: The cerebral cortex is a mammalian adaption that imbues humans with their higher cognitive abilities. The Olson laboratory studies an early period of cortical development when immature neurons are just beginning to establish the basic wiring pattern of the brain. We use multiphoton microscopy to create “movies” of mouse brain development. This imaging allows us to determine how mutations and toxins (ethanol) contribute to diseases like intellectual disability, autism and fetal alcohol syndrome.
- Dr. Mark Schmitt: RNA nanostructures for drug delivery.
- Dr. Vladimir Sirotkin: Biochemical analysis and live cell imaging of Arp2/3 complex-dependent actin assembly during endocytosis.
- Dr. Gary Winslow: Host immune response to bacterial pathogens.