Mentors 2017
     Annenberg Memorial
     Finding UG Research
     Other Internships
     Amgen Grant Renewal
     P&S SURF Program
     Amgen Scholars Program

  Current Program

     Schedule 2017
     Participants 2017
     Rodent Training
     Research Article
     Research Article (concise)
     Discussion Groups
     SURF Symposium (pdf)
     Poster Preparation
     Events in NYC
     Personal Statement
     Graduate School Resources

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SURF 2017

Columbia/Barnard students interested in the SURF and Amgen Scholars Program can begin applying on December 30th of the year in which they wish to conduct research. By applying to the SURF program, you will also be considered for the Amgen program.

The Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University offers Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships to a select group of motivated undergraduate students who will benefit from the opportunity for hands-on biology related laboratory research. This is a chance to experience the joys of discovering something completely new while learning to overcome the challenges inherent in scientific research. Most students work either on the Morningside Heights campus or in the biomedical labs at Columbia's Health Sciences Center (the free shuttle bus gets you there in fifteen minutes).

The fellowship is competitive with awards based on grades, recommendations, and a personal meeting with the laboratory director. You may apply if you are currently a junior, sophomore, or first-year student in Columbia College, Barnard College, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, or the School of General Studies. No previous research experience is necessary, and you do not need to be a biology major to apply. Students are expected to work full-time for the duration of the program, so participation in SURF is not compatible with attending summer school, working at another job, or volunteering.

The SURF program runs for 10 weeks, from May 30th through August 4th, 2017. During the 10 weeks of the program, the students work full-time (about 40 hours/week) on independent study projects under the guidance of a research scientist. At the beginning of the program the students also have an orientation program which includes laboratory safety and selected topics on biological research. In addition, once a week SURF students get together to hear a scientist present a research seminar or to describe their own research to the other SURF students. All students are required to present orally, write an original research article describing their research due in August and present a poster of their work at the annual SURF Symposium during the spring semester. Participants receive a stipend of $4000.

SURF does not pay for housing.

Applications will be accepted from December 30th until 5pm on February 1st, 2017. Freshman should wait to apply until they have all or most of their Fall grades. All recommendations must be emailed through the application website by February 1st, 2017, at 5pm. Be sure speak to the people writing your recommendations far enough in advance so they will have ample time to submit your recommendation by February 1st.
For further information, contact Chanda Springer:, 744 Mudd, 212-854-2262.

Under the auspices of the SURF program, a new program for undergraduate summer research has begun at Columbia University. The Amgen Scholars Program is open to undergraduates at Columbia University and Barnard College as well as other undergraduates currently attending a four year college in the United States or US territories. By applying to the SURF program, you will also be considered for the Amgen program. You do not need to apply to both programs.