The 2021 application period is closed.

SURF 2018 group photo

2018 SURF Group (left to right) Grover Miller, Ph.D., Ana Swearingen, Terri Tran, Riley Sinnott, Anirudh Pidugu, Thomas Raney, Humam Shahare, Darcy Hagood. See the lists of past SURF participants.

What is SURF?

The UAMS Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology sponsors the longest continuously supported undergraduate research program on campus. The competitive Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program recruits locally in Arkansas and nationwide 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 and in the process understand how graduate education prepares the next generation of problem solvers.

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 of Award – April 1st
Program Dates – Late May to Late July