Program Overview

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) Program Overview

May 31st, 2015 to August 1st, 2015

The Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and the Office of Minority Affairs invites applications from students for participation in a summer research internship program in the medical sciences at New York University Medical Center. 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. Students may work with faculty in the disciplines of biochemistry, bioinformatics, biomedical imaging, cellular and molecular biology, computational biology, developmental genetics, immunology and inflammation, microbiology, molecular oncology, neurosciences and physiology, parasitology, pathobiology, pharmacology, stem cell biology, structural biology and virology.

The program is multi-faceted. It includes: “hands on” research on a project directed by senior faculty members of the 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 regarding opportunities available in the biomedical sciences and how to apply to specific programs; and, a cultural component in which students are escorted to concerts, museums, theater and other events in New York City. Trainees will receive a stipend of $3,500, round trip travel expenses to New York City and accommodations in University Housing.


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. The selection of students will be made considering their academic record, previous research experience, if any, 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 students and 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 only.


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 the Leadership Alliance.

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