Pharmacology SURF Program  

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)


Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates


The Department of Pharmacology has a ten-week summer research program between June 5, 2017 to August 11, 2017. The summer program offers participants a variety of experiences that will help prepare them for success in research-intensive doctoral programs as well as for other professional school programs. Participants will work on an on-going research project in the laboratory of a Principal Investigator in the Pharmacology department and have the opportunity to participate in seminars, journal clubs and take various graduate level classes. At the end of the program, students will deliver a short oral presentation about their work to the department faculty, staff and students. A list of potential Principal Investigators with whom students can work can be found at these links: Primary Faculty, Research Faculty and Cross-Appointed Faculty.


Prior research experience is not necessary, and students of all undergraduate levels are encouraged to apply. The program offers opportunities for students to return for a second summer to continue the research conducted in the first summer fellowship, or to carry out research in a different laboratory.


The summer program is funded by grants from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) and the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), as well as federal grants awarded to members of the faculty. Summer research assistants will receive $3,000 to help defray the cost of participation in the program. This amount, intended to cover the cost of lodging and meals, will be divided into two payments , which will be distributed at the first of July and the first of August.


On-campus housing is not available at UT Health SA; however, we will work with summer participants to find appropriate housing. Extended-stay hotels are typically the best option and there are several extended-stay hotels within walking distance of campus.


In addition to a personal statement, unofficial transcripts and one letter of recommendation are required. The application deadline is Feb 24, 2017. In general, applicants must be classified as undergraduate students, have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and have completed at least one semester each of college level Biology and Chemistry by the end of the spring semester of the year of application. Please direct any questions to Dr. Bill Clarke.


SURF Application