Bioscience Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

The Graduate Programs in Molecular Biology and Biological Chemistry and the Bioscience Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Utah are pleased to offer several options.

Application deadline is February 1, 2016.

The dates for the 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Programs are May 31 – Aug 5, 2016.

Undergraduate Research Access for Minorities Program (URAMP)
Focus on underrepresented students

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
Focus on underrepresented students

Utah Summer Undergraduate Research Program (USURP)
Focus on Utah residents not currently attending the University of Utah

Summer Students at Antelope IslandThese programs provide opportunities to gain research experience in a variety of biological fields, including biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, ecology, genetics, immunology, molecular biology, and neurobiology.

Participating students will be matched, according to their interests, with faculty sponsors. Students will spend ten weeks working in a state-of-the-art research laboratory, as part of their sponsor’s research team.

2009 Summer ProjectThe research experience will be supplemented by an informal seminar series in which students will learn about the research interests and career paths of current students and faculty. To help students understand their research projects more deeply, they will each give verbal presentations and write a short proposal about their individual projects and present a poster at the end of the Programs. Academic credit for the program is available. Students are expected to work full-time in the research laboratory for the duration of the programs.

We believe this experience will prove invaluable for participants as they prepare for professional careers in research or medicine. A stipend of $3,500 and meals/housing in the University of Utah dormitories, will be provided to all participants. Travel costs are provided for SURP and URAMP students. A number of group activities will be coordinated by the programs to introduce students to and facilitate exploration of the unique Utah landscape.

Delicate Arch 2009Applicants must be full-time undergraduates who are citizens of the U.S. or permanent residents. No previous research experience is required.

The application deadline is February 1, 2016.

Students will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Strong interest in science
  • Must have completed one year of college
  • College transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

Application Procedures

  1. To apply fill out the ONLINE APPLICATION. 
    Note: With one application you can apply for any or all of the programs based on your eligibility.
  2. Upload personal statement when submitting the application or mail to our address. The personal statement should be 500 words or less and include:
    1. your name and undergraduate institution in the header
    2. your reason for applying
    3. the research you are interested in conducting
    4. the technical skills you posses
    5. your previous research experience
    6. what you hope to gain from this program
  3. Submit official transcript(s) of all college work.
  4. Submit two letters of recommendation from science faculty members.  Letters can be mailed in a sealed envelope (signed over the flap by the recommender) or emailed directly from the recommender to Kayla Hatch at

All applicants will receive a letter via email after the Selection Committee has made its decision – so please add this email address to your address book to insure proper delivery of your email.  Thank you!

Mailana and Dr. Capecchi
Malaina Gaddis, a 2009 summer student, presenting her research with Dr. Mario Capecchi, 2007 Nobe Laureate