The UAMS Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology sponsors the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program to provide qualified, highly motivated undergraduates majoring in the life or physical sciences, an opportunity to experience laboratory research and learn about a graduate level education. We believe an engaging educational environment is essential for students to appreciate the opportunities in research. Each year, outstanding college sophomores and juniors are chosen from a large pool of applicants. SURF students are matched according to their stated field of interest with seasoned faculty mentors who volunteer to help design and supervise individualized summer projects for their students. Students accepted into the SURF program will receive a stipend of $4,000.00 for the 10-week period.

SURF Activities

To enrich the research experience, the SURF program offers:

  • Bi-weekly seminars by UAMS faculty. The seminars are held from noon until 1:00 PM and lunch is provided.
  • A participatory discussion on developing a research career and the role of graduate education in fulfilling that goal.
  • Social activities coordinated by the SURF program and departmental graduate students.
  • Mid-way through the program, students provide an abstract of their research and brief oral presentation.
  • The SURF program concludes with the submission of a written final report formatted like a research manuscript and summary presentation of the research project at an annual SURF Symposium.


Abstracts are required for a Mid-Summer and Final Symposia for the program to provide students an opportunity to hone their presentation skills and communicate their accomplishments over the summer. Please follow these abstract writing requirements. Deadline is one week prior to scheduled symposia.

Oral Presentation

The SURF Talking Points provides assistance in the preparation of the oral presentation. The purpose of the book is not a speech textbook providing useful information for all types of speaking presentations, rather its focus is for undergraduate students presenting highly technical information to a general audience. For guidelines, access the SURF Talking Points (TalkingPts).

Final Reports

Follow these final report writing requirements. Please read and follow them carefully.