Undergraduate Research Opportunities -FHCRC

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Seattle, WA.
Type Academic Enrichment, Basic Science Research, Clinical Research


The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is an intensive, nine-week internship designed to provide research experience and mentorship for undergraduate students who are interested in biomedical research. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, interns will complete an independent research project and present their findings at a competitive poster session.

In addition to completing a mentored research project, interns will participate in professional development workshops designed to facilitate the preparation of competitive applications for graduate/medical school.  Workshops include:

  • Preparing a personal statement, resume, and abstract;
  • How to successfully apply to graduate or medical school; and
  • Preparing and presenting a scientific poster.

Interns will also attend weekly research seminars regarding a broad array of scientific topics. The program culminates with a competitive poster session.

The program also sponsors a number of social activities to foster interaction among interns and their mentors. Activities may include:

  • Attending a Seattle Mariner’s MLB game OR a Seattle Sounders FC match;
  • Riding the Seattle Great Wheel OR touring the Theo Chocolate Factory;
  • Taking a ferry to scenic Bainbridge Island; and
  • Hiking the trails on Mount Rainier.


  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • Entering the summer BEFORE the final year (or semester or quarter) of undergraduate studies; and
  • Strong background in the sciences or related area of interest.

    * Please carefully review the FAQ’s Among Applicants to ensure your academic standing and/or U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status qualifies you to participate in the SURP. If you remain uncertain about your eligibility upon reviewing the FAQ’s, please contact us at:
    SURP (at) fredhutch.org prior to submitting an application.

Diversity Statement
The SURP endeavors to engage scientific curiosity and promote cancer research careers among undergraduates and is committed to expanding diversity among students who enter STEM fields.

More Information


Catherine Peichel
Summer Undergraduate Research Program, 1100 Fairview Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206-667-1628
Fax: 206-667-2917