Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine SURF Program in Cardiovascular Disease is supported by a grant from the American Heart Association. The program provides support for students to spend 10 weeks in a basic or clinical research laboratory focused on cardiovascular research. The students in the SURF program participate in weekly career development workshops and research seminars, in which students will have the opportunity to interact with basic science researchers and clinical cardiologists.

Penn State College of Medicine is committed to equal opportunity and maximizing our diversity, and thus encourages applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, or persons who represent the first generation in their family to attend college.

Key Dates

  • Early December: Applications open for the following summer.
  • Early February: Application deadline.
  • Late May: Start of fellowship.
  • Early August: End of fellowship.


Interns will receive $4,000 (prior to taxes and rent) for the 10-week summer session.


Interns invited to participate in the program may elect to live on campus in our housing facilities at an affordable rate. See more information about our housing facilities.

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