About the Program
The State University of New York Upstate Medical University, College of Graduate Studies is offering fellowships for its 2024 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 3, 2024, through Friday, August 9, 2024.
Each fellow will be provided a $4,000 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 2024, 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.
SURF Physician-Scientist Program (SURF PS)
The SUNY Upstate Medical University SURF Physician-Scientist Program (SURF PS) is a special pathway and admissions option for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). This initiative is aimed at exposing undergraduates, specifically students from backgrounds underrepresented in science and healthcare, to the career path of a physician-scientist.
Prospective fellows will apply alongside traditional SURF students. Accepted fellows will be exposed to basic and translational science alongside both a Faculty Research Advisor and a current MD/PhD student mentor who is in the PhD portion of training. Fellows will have the opportunity to fulfill clinical curiosity in weekly rounds with a faculty member. The remaining requirements and events are the same as those for their fellow SURF peers.
SURF Cancer Research Program (SURF CR)
The SURF-CR program is another special pathway and admission option funded by SUNY Upstate's Cancer Center. This initiative is aimed at exposing undergraduates to basic, clinical, and translational cancer research, especially those students who are interested in pursuing a PhD (or MD/PHD) in cancer related fields. Prospective fellows will apply alongside traditional SURF students. Accepted fellows will have the opportunity to train in one of several cancer center laboratories with specialties that include i) cancer biology and genomics, ii) cancer prevention, detection, and diagnosis, and iii) cancer treatment and developmental therapeutics. The remaining requirements and events are the same as those for their fellow SURF peers.
SURF Health Science Program (SURF HS)
The SUNY Upstate Medical University SURF Health Science Program (SURFHS) is another special pathway and admissions option for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). This initiative is aimed at exposing undergraduates who are interested in the fields of medicine, nursing, and physical therapy to biomedical research. We are specifically looking for students interested in pursuing a PhD, MS, MD, MD/PhD, DNP, DPT, MPH, and Physician Assistant: MS. SURF HS fellows are paired with a faculty member in the Colleges of Medicine, Health Professions, or Nursing to learn more about those professions and to perform cutting edge research. The remaining requirements and events are the same as those for their fellow SURF peers.