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