Columbia University's Department of Biological Sciences offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program for motivated students who will benefit from the opportunity for hands-on biology-related research on the Morningside campus or in the biomedical labs at Columbia's Health Sciences Center. Fellows work full-time for ten weeks on independent projects under the guidance of a research scientist, mak an oral presentation about their work, write an original research article at the end of the summer, and present a poster of their work at a SURF Symposium during the following spring.
SURF Fellows receive a stipend of $4,000 for the summer. They participate in an orientation program at the beginning of the summer and periodic research seminars with Columbia scientists.
Current first-year students, sophomores, and juniors in Columbia College, Barnard College, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of General Studies are eligible to apply. No previous research experience is required, nor do stuents need to be biology majors. The program does require a full-time commitment, however, and so is not compatible with summer school, working at another job, or significant volunteer activities.
Awards are ultimately based on grades, letters of recommendation, and personal meetings with prospective laboratory directors. Applicants for this SURF program will also be considered for the Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program and the NYSTEM Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Stem Cell Science at Columbia. (Students who wish to be considered for the Amgen Scholars program at other U.S. campuses should consult the Amgen Scholars website for additional information.)