What is SURF?
The UAMS Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology sponsors the longest continuously supported undergraduate research program on campus. The competitive Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program recruits locally in Arkansas and nationwide to introduce qualified, highly-motivated undergraduates to research under the guidance of seasoned research mentors. SURF students work with researchers in a broad range of areas including biochemistry; structural biology and chemistry; molecular, cell and reproductive biology; toxicology; aging; nutrition; and neuroscience. Students obtain hands on experience in an engaging research environment and in the process understand how graduate education prepares the next generation of problem solvers.
SURF Serves as an Interactive Model of Our Graduate Program
- Students carry out a research project under the direction of a mentor.
- Students attend seminars to learn about on-going research programs within our department and role of graduate education in those studies.
- Social events are available for summer students to interact with graduate students in an informal setting.
- Students carry out the work over a 10-week period in the summer, early-June to early August.
- At the conclusion of the program, students submit a technical paper and give an oral presentation at the SURF Symposium, which is modeled on a professional technical meeting.
From a SURF Student
“I can honestly say that I have never done anything on this level before. I think the program provided insight on what type career a research background would involve.”
Application Deadline – March 1
Notification of Award – April 1
Program Dates – Late May to Late July