Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)


SURP is designed to accept applications from members of all racial and ethnic groups, however, we particularly encourage applications from students who belong to an ethnic or racial group that is considered by the National Institutes of Health to be underrepresented in the biomedical sciences (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Native Alaskan, Native Pacific Islander). Admission to the program is competitive and preference will be given to students who are currently sophomores or juniors.


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 out-of-state students. A number of group activities will be coordinated by the programs to introduce students to and facilitate exploration of the unique Utah landscape.

Students are expected to work full-time in the research laboratory for the duration of the program.

Dates and Deadlines

The dates for the 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Program are May 26 - July 31, 2015.

Application deadline is February 1, 2015.


Acceptance to the SURP program is highly competitive and applicants must complete the application process by the deadline to be considered for the upcoming summer's program.

Application Procedures

  1. To apply fill out the online application.
  2. Upload personal statement when submitting the application. The personal statement should be 500 words or less and include:
    1. your reason for applying
    2. the research you are interested in conducting
    3. the technical skills you posses
    4. your previous research experience
    5. what you hope to gain from this program
  3. Upload transcript(s) of all college work
  1. Submit two letters of recommendation from science faculty members.  The letters can be mailed in a sealed envelope (signed over the flap by the recommender) or emailed directly from the recommender to Francine Stirling at

All applicants will receive notification of the Selection Committee's decision via email. To insure proper delivery of this notification, please add to your address book.

Contact Information

SURP Administrator

Francine Stirling

Program Director

Megan Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy

Mailing Address

University of Utah/SURP
26 South 2000 East
Building 575, Rm 3650 HSEB
Salt Lake City UT 84112-5750

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