SURF 2017 Participants

2017 SURF students
Back row: Sylvia Swzedo , Connor Purvis, Anirudh Pidugu
Front row: Sarah Glass , Camila Cardenas, Miranda McMickens
And Dr. Grover P. Miller

What is SURF?

The UAMS Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology sponsors the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program to introduce qualified, highly-motivated undergraduates to research under the guidance of seasoned research mentors. SURF students work with researchers in a broad range of areas including biochemistry; structural biology and chemistry; molecular, cell and reproductive biology; toxicology; aging; nutrition; and neuroscience. Students obtain hands on experience in an engaging research environment.

SURF serves as an interactive model of our graduate program:

  • Students carry out a research project under the direction of a mentor.
  • Students attend seminars to learn about on-going research programs within our department and role of graduate education in those studies.
  • Social events are available for summer students to interact with graduate students in an informal setting.
  • Students carry out the work over a 10-week period in the summer, early-June to early August.
  • At the conclusion of the program, students submit a technical paper and give an oral presentation at the SURF Symposium, which is modeled on a professional technical meeting.

“I can honestly say that I have never done anything on this level before.  I think the program provided insight on what type career a research background would involve.” – SURF student

 

Important Dates

Application Deadline – March 1
Notification Deadline – Before April 1st
Program Dates – Late May to Late July