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.
Students who will be undergraduate freshman, sophomores, juniors or seniors in the Fall of 2018 (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.
The program is 9 to 10 weeks long and students can start the program on either May 29th or June 4th, depending on their availability and the approval of their mentor.
Housing is available at the University of Cincinnati (UC) which is a short shuttle bus ride from the Academic Health Center. The webpage containing information on UC housing will be available the first week in April. Once available, you will find the link to the page here. The cost of UC housing will be approximately $1750 for the program. 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 2018 is approximately $4,000.