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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Primary Institution: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Affiliation: Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
City: Dallas
State: TX
Job Duration: 10 weeks
Class Requirement: Completed Sophomore Year
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Biophysics
Interdisciplinary Physics: Biological Physics; Quantum Information; Etc.
Biology, Chemistry, Immunology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Neuroscience
Description: The SURF program at UT Southwestern is an intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for careers in biological research. Fellows spend ten weeks (beginning June 4, 2007 through August 10, 2007), pursuing individual research projects in the laboratories of UT Southwestern Graduate School faculty members. Fellows gain experience in modern research techniques, and have a chance to plan and execute an experimental strategy to answer a scientific question. The program introduces students to the sorts of projects encountered during postgraduate research training and leads to an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of basic answers to current questions in the biological sciences.  At the end of the summer, fellows present their research in a poster session.  In addition to laboratory research, fellows attend weekly seminars given by UT Southwestern faculty members. Informal discussions about careers in science and graduate training are also scheduled. Approximately fifty fellows participate in the summer research program.  Fellows are selected by the faculty mentors and assigned to a research project according to each fellow's previous training and research interests.

We have fellowships in the areas of:

Biological Chemistry
Cell Biology
Computational Biology
Developmental Biology
Genetics Immunology
Integrative Biology
Molecular Biology

Applicants must be enrolled in a natural science degree program at the undergraduate level and have completed the sophomore year.  Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or possess an F1 Visa.  Criteria used in selection of fellowship recipients will include college grades, relevant experience, and letters of recommendation from faculty who can assess the applicant's potential for advanced training and success in biological research.
Stipend: $4,000 if no housing/ $5,250 is housing required
Application Deadline: 02/08/2008
Job Website:
Additional Information: The SURF application is available on-line at Completed applications should be submitted by February 8, 2008.  In addition to submitting the on-line application, official transcripts and reference letters must be received through the mail by February 8, 2008.

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Nancy Street
5323 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75390-9004
Phone: 214-648-6708
Fax: 214-648-2102
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