The Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program, sponsored by Mayo Graduate School, is a great way to build your skills as a young scientist or test your inclinations toward research. Every year, at the end of the summer, we ask our SURF fellows to evaluate the program and share their experiences. They write about specific events in the laboratory, of course, but they often mention less tangible things: Mentors The daily experience of learning from Mayo Clinic faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, medical students, and others who are farther along their career paths Real World Research The excitement of gaining hands-on experience with "real-world" research projects at a major medical center Top-Notch Scientists The opportunities they had for close collaboration with nationally and internationally recognized scientists Modern Facilities The chance to learn how to use world-class instrumentation in modern research facilities Community Great times living, working and playing with the whole SURF community
You can apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program if you:
Are a student currently in your sophomore or junior year at a U.S. college or university
Have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale)
- Are seriously considering a biomedical research career as a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.
International students who are attending a U.S. college or university are eligible to apply.