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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships Program (SURF)


Applications for SURF Fellowships are now closed.

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Thank you to all who applied. We will provide updates via email as they become available.  

The Pharmacology Department at the UCSD School of Medicine offers an 8-week research training program to undergraduates after their sophomore and junior years.

Students are trained in research by working with PIs’ laboratories and mentored by Pharmacology Postdocs/Graduate students on an ongoing research project and participate in weekly professional development workshops. Students will experience the rigors and challenges of doing research at a top-rated research institution by engaging in 6-8 hours of laboratory research per day.

Applications will be evaluated based on a cumulative or term GPA above 3.0, the relevance of completed courses to research interest, interest in pursuing a doctoral program, and letters of recommendation. This program is specifically designed for students who are interested in a career in basic research and who are seriously considering Ph.D. training in the basic biomedical sciences. 

*This program is not designed for pre-M.D. and pre-Pharm.D. students.

SURF students are awarded:

  • Gain valuable research experience and mentoring with an IRACDA postdoctoral fellow 

  • Attend weekly professional development workshops and journal clubs

  • Present research at the UCSD Summer Research Conference 

  • Receive a stipend of $4000

  • Receive 8 weeks of on-campus housing

  • Receive up to $500 to cover travel-related costs

  • Eligible for $350 for meeting registration, upon receipt of a national conference travel award