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The Experience

As a summer student researcher, you will meet students from around the country who have come 

to Cincinnati to explore a career in biomedical research!  

Exciting and diverse opportunities in basic science await you – hands on experience in one of our cutting edge laboratories, working under the supervision of our world renowned biomedical research faculty, and taking full advantage of the opportunities available to you in a professional research environment. 

Our famous Summer Research Welcome Picnic is the official Opening Event for our summer programs, usually held on the first day of the Summer Semester, but the summer programs have a variety of start and end dates. Some of the programs allow you to start whenever you want (with the permission of your mentor) as long as you complete the required number of weeks in your program.

As a coordinated group, the SURF programs in the College of Medicine arrange many academic, social and cultural activities throughout the summer, so no matter which SURF program you enter, you will have many opportunities to meet and get to know students across programs. 

You will be invited to participate in many academic activities, including Scientific Writing seminars, an Ethics in Research seminar, and an Introduction to Bioinformatics WORKSHOP. You will also be able to participate in research seminars and laboratory meetings. 

At the end of the summer, the College of Medicine hosts a Capstone Poster Symposium for summer researchers, which includes a featured Keynote Speaker who will present a scientific talk. Some individual summer programs host an additional poster session for the students in their program.
To help you meet and get to know other summer student researchers, you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of organized cultural and social activities throughout the summer. You might get to go on a canoe trip or to a Red’s game; spend a day at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens or King’s Island; see a concert at Riverbend Music Center, or a play at the Aronoff Theatre or the Playhouse in the Park

Campus Life

Living on campus at UC this summer, you will get to enjoy MainStreet, which includes our Campus Rec Center (CRC), Steger Student Life Center, and Tangeman University Center (TUC), all just a 5 minute shuttle ride from the Academic Health Center (East Campus). Alternatively, many students elect to stay in the dorms at Xavier University, just 1.5 miles from the Academic Health Center. Check out MainStreet for more information.

Summer Semester memberships to the Campus Rec Center are available to all non-UC college 
students for about $90 if you show your own college ID. Take a virtual tour of the Campus Rec Center.


On-campus parking is available to our summer researchers at student prices. Please go to: for more information.

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University of Cincinnati
College of Medicine

CARE/Crawley Building
Suite E-870
3230 Eden Avenue
PO Box 670555
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0555

Mail Location: 0555
Phone: 513-558-7333
Fax: 513-558-3512
Email: College of Medicine