Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

  • Curriculum

    The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is a 10-week program that provides students with career mentoring and basic / clinical research experience. The following list explains the academic and social activities available to students.

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    + Graduate Fair

    SURF Program participants are encouraged to attend the annual graduate fair. They will have the opportunity to meet current graduate students and faculty as well as learn more about the graduate programs available through the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

    + Picnic and Ice Cream Social

    Students meet and mingle with fellow SURF participants, faculty and staff from all the programs throughout the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s during our annual summer picnic and ice cream social.

    + Brown Bag Lunches

    Learn about postgraduate education opportunities in biomedical sciences during our weekly brown bag lunches.

    + Scientific Writing I and II

    These classes focus on the process of preparing and submitting a scientific paper, writing a scientific abstract and preparing a poster presentation of your summer research. 

    + Research Seminars

    Cincinnati Children’s faculty members present their research and career path over breakfast or lunch.

    + Ethics in Research

    This seminar covers the guidelines, responsibilities and importance of good ethics in research.

    + Bioinformatics

    Two hands-on bioinformatics workshops give students an overview of the creation and implementation of databases, algorithms, and computational and statistical techniques to solve formal and practical problems arising from the management and analysis of biological data.

    + Introduction to Surgery

    A lecture on human anatomy and physiology through the eyes of a surgeon includes surgical videos with interactive audience participation.

    + Hoxworth Tour

    Tour the Hoxworth Blood Center to learn about the entire process of blood donation and use. 

    + Zoo Crew

    Visit one of the top ranked zoos in the nation, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Tour the Zoo CREW (Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife), a research facility dedicated to saving endangered animals and plants from extinction. 

    + Capstone

    Students present their research at a poster session followed by a keynote speaker from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center or the University of Cincinnati.