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The goal of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at the Miller School is to inspire and train the next generation of biomedical researchers and physician-scientists. The program seeks to maximize the talents and intellectual contributions of a diverse scientific and biomedical workforce and reduce the burden of human disease.

Our 10-week program immerses students from diverse backgrounds in hands-on, innovative biomedical research in the laboratories of our exceptional faculty members from multiple research disciplines, including:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cell Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics & Epigenetics
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Public Health Sciences

In addition to an intensive research experience, our SURF fellows benefit from a full schedule of career development sessions, including learning how to write effectively, critical reading of scientific literature, scientific ethics, and appropriate conduct. 

SURF fellows are also introduced to the spectrum of research-oriented, higher degree-granting programs offered at the Miller School, including our program in Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program, our NIH T32-funded M.D./Ph.D. Program, and several master’s programs.

Our 10-week summer program will begin on May 17, 2021, and continue through July 23, 2021. At this point, due to COVID restrictions on University of Miami housing for non-UM undergraduates, we will be running the program virtually* as we did very successfully in 2020. In addition to mentored research in data-based substantive online projects, we will host a full roster of career development and information panels as well as faculty meet-and-greet sessions, including one-on-one career counseling with the SURF Program Director. We will also offer mini boot camp sessions covering bioinformatics methodology utilized in cutting-edge biomedical research. Our comprehensive 2021 program will allow SURFers to learn more about the exciting research, world-class faculty, and innovative higher education training being offered at Miller School of Medicine, and to develop a unique skillset tailored towards modern biomedical research. We look forward to meeting our 2021 applicants and fellows!
*Depending on the COVID situation this coming Spring and Summer and on mentor availability/willingness, we may be able to arrange for a small number of local SURF fellows, who do not require program-arranged housing, to work on-site. If you are selected for a fellowship and this situation applies to you, please let us know as soon as possible.

2021 SURF Application Open

Apply before January 31st, 2021