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Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

The Sackler Institute at NYU School of Medicine in coordination with the MD/PhD Program and the Office of Diversity Affairs offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) for qualified sophomores and juniors who are interested in pursuing their MD, MD/PhD, or PhD and a career in research.  The program runs from May 31st, 2015 through August 1st, 2015.

The application deadline is Sunday, February 1st, 11:59 pm EST.  


Program Overview

The Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and the Office of Diversity Affairs invites applications from students to participate in a summer research internship program in the medical sciences at NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC). The purpose of the program is to give students who may be interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences (PhD, MD or MD/PhD) the opportunity to conduct research and to be exposed to the excitement of an academic medical environment at a major research center.

In most instances, students are matched with an investigator of their choice. Otherwise, they are placed in a laboratory working in an area of their stated interest. Each student receives a research project and presents their research results at the Leadership Alliance meeting at the end of the summer and at a poster session/reception at NYULMC. Those students who are interested in having a Physician Mentor may request assignment to a physician in an area of medicine of their choice. This student will meet weekly with the physician, attend “Grand Rounds” and clinical conferences, and where applicable, observe the physician with patients.

Students may work with faculty in the disciplines of:

SURP runs for nine weeks, from May 31st through August 1st. All candidates accepted to SURP must be able to attend during this time frame.

SURP guarantees all participants:

  • A payment of $3,500
  • Free housing in a NYU facility
  • Round-trip travel expenses to New York City

Program Highlights

  • “hands on” research on a project directed by senior faculty members of NYU Langone Medical Center
  • exposure to the practice of medicine at a major teaching hospital by individual physician mentors
  • participation in introductory and professional level seminars
  • career seminars conducted by deans and other faculty 
  • a cultural component in which students are escorted to concerts, museums, theater and other events in New York City

Criteria for Admission

The program is designed for mature, well-qualified undergraduates who have completed their sophomore or junior year of college. Qualified applicants should have a 3.4 GPA or better and at least 1 full semester of bench laboratory research. Students are selected based on their academic record, research experience, and letters of recommendation from faculty advisors and/or research supervisors. Significant importance will be given to their commitment to a career in biomedical research. A committee comprised of PhD, MD, MD/PhD faculty will review applicants for admission. This program is open to all U.S. and international students who are currently attending a U.S. college or university.

Commitment to Minority Student Representation

The NYU School of Medicine is committed to increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups in the biomedical sciences pursuing PhD, MD or MD/PhD studies. It should also be noted that this program is affiliated with Leadership Alliance.