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Sand SURF Schedule 2014

May 26th all day Housing check in
Hartley Hall
May 27th
Safety Training 501 Schermerhorn
May 27th
Lunch 800 Fairchild
May 27th
Sand Surf meeting CUMC HHSC 1307
May 27th 5:30pm Networking Event:
Scavenger Hunt
116th and Bwdy (subway)
May 28th 5:45pm Laser Tag
Long Island City, NY
116th and Bwdy (subway)
May 30th
Proposals due
June 6th

Lecture: Martin Chalfie
GFP: How Science ctually gets done
Columbia University

501 Schermerhorn
June 6th
Deadline for proposal approval  
June 9th 12-1:30pm Sand SURF Seminar and lunch CUMC HHSC 1307
June 12th 12-1:30pm Career Panel with Lunch 800 Fairchild
June 16th Weekly meeting begin
July 30th 12-1:30pm Sand SURF Seminar and lunch CUMC HHSC 1307
July 21st 12-1:30pm Sand SURF Seminar and lunch CUMC HHSC 1307
July 31st 6pm Dinner Meet:1626 Bdwy @49th St.
August 1st (Last day)
August 29th
SURF Articles Due
Fall 2014: Poster Presentation at CC Science Symposium
Winter 2014: Poster Presentation at SURF Symposium

*Social events will be scheduled periodically throughout the summer

Weekly Meetings

All students in the Sand SURF Program will meet weekly in small discussion groups for the scientific comunications seminar, beginning June 16th until August 1st. The purpose of these groups is to provide a structured setting in which students can discuss their work with their peers, learn about others' work, and develop their scientific communication and evaluation skills.

During the course of the summer, each student will prepare a research paper written in the format of a journal article and present a 12 minute talk about his or her research. Toward the beginning of the summer, weekly discussion groups will cover topics including critical evaluation of data, critical reading of research papers, and the protocols of professional research communication. As the summer progresses, the focus will shift toward writing and peer-evaluating drafts of student research papers, and on research presentations.

Attendance in discussion groups is mandatory. This is an integral part of your training, and you are expected to attend every week. If you must miss a session you may make it up by attending the other session in the same week. However, you may not substitute a session from another week. If for some reason you cannot attend either section in a given week, notify your instructor in advance and schedule a one-on-one meeting with the instructor instead.

In-class participation is expected. Anticipate the deadlines for your work; discuss them with your mentor and set up pre-deadlines when you can review the work with your mentor, allowing time for her or him to give you feedback.

If you have a legitimate reason to move a deadline, and you communicate this reason to your mentor and instructor in a timely manner, then deadlines can be adjusted.

Recommended text (not required):

Victoria E. McMillan, Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences, 3rd ed.1997

Booth, Colomb, and Williams, The Craft of Research, 3rd ed., 2008 (University of Chicago Press)


SURF Stipend = $6000, paid in two installments of $3,000 each.
Payment of the first $3,000, will be paid in July. Payment of the second $3,000 is contingent upon submitting your research article as a pdf file by the deadline (the last working day in August). Stipend will be paid in September/beginning of October.

In addition to submitting a pdf file, all articles must be signed by the Principal Investigator (Faculty Member). An electronic signature will be accepted. Please print your PI's name next to where they should sign. All written work must be your own and any text, ideas, data that is attributable to others must be cited appropriately.  We will field any and all questions about originality and citation, which is one of the most important professional obligations one has in any scholarly field.

Pdf files should be emailed to If you have any questions beyond confirmation of receipt of the article, please contact Chanda Springer at

Stipend checks can be picked up at the Bursar's Office in Kent Hall. You will need to bring your ID (State ID, passport) in order to pick up your check.