Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program (SURIP)

Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program (SURIP)

The SURIP program is intended for college students who are interested in pursuing a career in the biological sciences.

The typical participant will be between their sophomore and junior year, or between their junior and senior year of undergraduate studies.

Students who will have a BA or BS prior to the start of the program should not apply.

SURIP is most appropriate for students considering application to PhD programs in the biomedical sciences and is not intended for students who plan to apply to medical school.

There is no clinical shadowing component to the internship.

Student participants in the Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program, or SURIP, at Penn State College of Medicine are seen in 2017. The large group of students is pictured standing in a courtyard at the College of Medicine, with trees, grass and a white building in the background and a statute of the Penn State Nittany Lion mascot in front of them.
Student participants in the Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program (SURIP) are seen in 2017.

Students who are undecided or interested in combined degrees are welcome to apply.

Key Dates for Summer 2018

Student Selection

We will accept up to 15 students in the program. Intern selections will be made by the Program Director and the Advisory Board.

Selections will be based on scholarship, the personal reference letter and an evaluation of the student’s interests.

See information on student interns in previous years of the program.

Stipend

Interns will receive $3,000 (prior to taxes and rent) for the summer.

Housing

Interns invited to participate in the program may elect to live on campus in our housing facilities. The charge for the first month is covered by the program with the remaining charges paid by the intern ($513/month). See more information about our housing facilities.

Program Highlights

A variety of career development and scientific research seminars are offered weekly as part of the SURIP program. Each summer's program concludes with the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium, where students present their work. See details about seminars and Symposium here.

In addition, the annual one-day program-supported day trip to the NIH Graduate and Professional School Fair in July affords the summer interns the opportunity to prepare for the next step in their careers by exploring educational programs leading to the PhD, MD, DDS, MD/PhD, and other graduate and professional degrees.

Leadership

The director of SURIP is Dr. Gail Matters. Dr. Matters is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and is actively involved in graduate education.

Advisory Board Members