• Program Details

    As a SURF Program participant, you will meet students from all around the country who have come to Cincinnati for the summer to explore the possibility of a career in biomedical research. You’ll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in one of our cutting-edge laboratories, working under the supervision of our world-renowned research faculty and taking full advantage of the opportunities available in a professional research environment.

    You will also have the opportunity to take research-oriented training courses and participate in research seminars, journal clubs, career days and a research poster competition.

    In addition to lab work and class time, you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural and social activities throughout the summer. You might go on a canoe trip or to a Cincinnati Reds game, spend a day at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden or Kings Island, see a concert at Riverbend Music Center, or see a play at the Aronoff Center, Playhouse in the Park or Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati.

    Interns should arrange for health insurance coverage. Parking and access to the University Recreation Center are also available to SURF students.

    We hope you will join us for an exciting and stimulating summer of scientific exploration. 

    Freshman, sophomore and junior undergraduates (with a 3.0 or better GPA) are eligible to apply to the SURF Program. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and have an interest in a career in biomedical research or medicine. Criteria for selection include academic record, answers to essay questions and interest in obtaining research experience.

    Applicants are encouraged to specify their areas of research interest and / or specific mentors they wish to work with. This will allow us to better match students with appropriate mentors.

    Program Dates
    The program is 10 weeks long and students can start the program on either May 31st or June 6th, depending on their availability and the approval of their mentor.

    Housing is available at the University of Cincinnati which is a short shuttle bus ride from the Academic Health Center. For more information, visit: www.med.uc.edu/SURF/dorm.cfm. Interns who wish to arrange their own living accommodations can often find one-bedroom apartments close to campus for about $300 to $400 per month. You can find a summer apartment to share or sublet at cincinnati.com, which lists Cincinnati Enquirer classified housing ads.

    The salary for summer 2016 is approximately $4,000.

  • A student presents a research poster to interested onlookers.
  • How to Apply

    Find application and essay requirements, an online form and deadline information.

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