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 2018. 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 2019.

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

Key Dates

  • Early December: Applications open for the following summer
  • Early February: Application deadline
  • Early June: Start of internship and mandatory orientation date
  • End of July/early August: Undergraduate Research Symposium and end of internship

COVID-19 Notice

The emergence of COVID-19 has changed academic life in the country, and many research institutions have closed their laboratories to visitors and outside students.

Consequently, our ability to offer undergraduate students on-campus research experiences through the summer SURIP program could be limited. While we know that it is disappointing to consider canceling this summer research opportunity, this may be necessary to ensure the health and well-being of all in our community.

Although we welcome applications to SURIP, please be aware that it may not be possible to offer this opportunity next summer.

Student Selection

We will accept up to 12 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. Please be sure to include your personal statement indicating your motivation for a research career and/or your interest in research.


Interns will receive $5,000. If living on-campus, the intern will be responsible for housing.


Housing charges are the intern's responsibility. Any apartment cleaning fees and/or damages will be taken from the security deposit; otherwise, the deposit will be returned. 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.


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

Advisory Board Members