Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
Program Details

Program Details

Currently, the 2023 SURF program is being planned as an onsite program according to schedule. Due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic the ability to have an onsite program may change at any time. Thus, please be aware that depending on the circumstances, it may be necessary to shift the 2023 SURF program from onsite to voluntary online programming.

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.

Cincinnati offers a variety of cultural and social activities such as the Cincinnati Reds, Zoo & Botanical Garden, and art museum. You may decide to see a concert at Riverbend Music Center or a play at the Aronoff Center, Playhouse in the Park or Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati.

Interns should arrange for health insurance coverage, this is not provided for summer students through Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. 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.


Students who will be undergraduate freshman, sophomores, juniors or seniors in the Fall of 2023 (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 facilitate the match of students with appropriate mentors.

Program Dates

The program is nine or 10 weeks long and students can start the program on either May 25th or May 30th, depending on their availability and the approval of their mentor.

Work Schedule

Students will be expected to work 40 hours per week. Mentors will decide specific hours. Due to the short length of the program, vacations are not encouraged. Students are advised to not make vacation plans until they discuss these with their mentors.


SURF students will need to secure their own housing accommodations. Please contact the SURF program at if you would like to be added to a list-serv of SURF students interested in sharing housing and housing opportunities.


Students will be paid an hourly rate of $13 which will be approximately $5,200 (before taxes) for the summer. Students will receive their salary deposits on a biweekly schedule.

A student presents a research poster to interested onlookers.

How to Apply

The Online Application is planned to be open November 16, 2022. There are revisions being made to the application process and this date may be delayed due to an evolving timeline. We will continue to post updates here. Learn How to Apply

Contact Us

Get in touch with us for questions about the program or the application process. Contact Us