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How to Apply

General Application Information:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as received, so it is beneficial to submit your application as early as possible.

Status of Application Materials: 

When letter(s) of recommendation are received and uploaded by our staff, your status will be updated automatically. When all materials have been received, your status will indicate that your application is "Status 3 - All Supporting Documents Received -Click 'Final Submit' button".  Once you select the "Final Submit" option, your application will no longer be available for edit and you are submitting your application for review.


You will find 3 essay questions in the online application. Please answer in as much detail as needed to describe 1) your motivation to pursue research and how research fits into your career goals; 2) the areas of research that interest you; 3) each prior research experience, including the dates of participation and the name of each program, institution/organization, and research mentor. Include a brief description of each research project and whether you prepared a poster, oral presentation, paper, etc).

Each essay answer must be less than 2000 characters. 

Research Interest:

Please indicate if there is a particular investigator or laboratory to which you would prefer to be assigned. If you have no preference, please list a few potential mentors - faculty members whose work interests you.

Multiple Programs of Interest: 

You may apply for as many summer research programs as you wish by simply checking the appropriate boxes on the application. Please be sure to answer the essay questions and provide research interests appropriately for each program to which you have applied. In other words, you may address your answers regarding research/mentor interests to each program you apply to.


One letter of recommendation is required. Your reference letter should be written by someone who can evaluate your potential for biomedical research. The letter must be submitted electronically - via our application system or by email to the SURF Program Coordinator at The application system will automatically send one request for a letter to each reference provided by the applicant.


Please attach a CV or Resume electronically to your application using the document upload option in the online application system.

Grade Report:

Please attach a transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or copy of your current course work with grades to your application using the document download option in the online application system.

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