Currently, the 2021 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 2021 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. 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 2021 (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 10 weeks long and students can start the program on either May 24th or June 1st, 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.

At this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are unsure if housing will be available at the University of Cincinnati for the 2021 program. We will update the webpage when we have more definitive information regarding housing.

If housing does become available at the University of Cincinnati (UC) it 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. 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, which lists Cincinnati Enquirer classified housing ads.


Students will be paid an hourly rate of $10.10 which will be approximately $4000 (before taxes) for the summer. Students will receive their salary deposits on a biweekly schedule.