Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program 2018

Posted: 07.18.2017

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program is an annual living-learning initiative that offers undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to live together in a campus residence hall while participating in scientific research for ten weeks during the summer months. The goal of the program is to improve the chances of underrepresented students choosing careers in the biomedical sciences by offering mentorship, relevant experiences and a supportive environment.

During the program, each student is assigned to a basic science lab that aligns with their interests and conducts research projects like those performed by graduate students. Students can choose a focus area such as bacterial pathogenesis, cancer biology, gene expression / molecular genetics, immunology, neuroscience and stem cell / regenerative medicine. In addition to laboratory experience, SURFers participate in weekly seminars, workshops, and cultural enrichment activities.

We introduce undergraduate students to projects common during postgraduate research training. This leads to an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of basic answers to current questions in the biological sciences. This program is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing a career in lab-based, non-clinical research. Fellows will gain experience in modern research techniques and have an opportunity to plan and execute an experimental strategy to answer a scientific question.

SURF participants receive a stipend, travel, and accommodations.


SURF was an amazing experience that provided the opportunity to conduct scientific research with a successful scientist as an undergraduate student. Besides the fantastic research experience I gained, it was a dream come true to spend a summer in beautiful Miami. It was easy to soak up the sun at the beach over the weekend or head over to the Wynwood art district and try amazing food.

Lidia Doto
SURF Fellow, 2018