What is BioSURF?
The Washington University Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program introduces undergraduate students to research under the guidance of seasoned mentors. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities and demands of a professional research career.
(The Washington University Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (BioSURF) is available only to Washington University students.)
Through BioSURF, which is modeled on the grant-seeking process, students enter the research environment and community of scientists. In collaboration with their mentors (faculty from all Washington University campuses including the Medical School), students write project proposals that are reviewed by a faculty committee. Awards are made on the basis of recommendations of the reviewers and available funding. Students awarded through BioSURF are given a stipend and work is carried out during ten weeks (full-time) in the summer. In the fall, students give an oral or poster presentation at a research symposium patterned after a professional scientific meeting. Through collaboration between BioSURF and the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR), students participate in enrichment activities that give insight into many aspects of a research career and balance their research experiences with cultural and social activities with other scholars.
The BioSURF Advantage
The mentor-protégé relationship is the most important aspect of the BioSURF experience. This alliance encompasses not only the student's summer project but also professional relationships within the research group and the broader research community. (The BioSURF program is intended to support students working with Washington University faculty only.) Students discover how exciting front-line research can be. They may also struggle with the frustrations of conducting research. They gain insight into what a researcher's professional life is like. Many students reaffirm their desire to pursue research careers; others revise their career plans.
BioSURF adds another dimension to undergraduate education. Graduates of the program, with their sophisticated and practical knowledge of the research enterprise, have a marked advantage as they embark on their career paths, whether that path involves research or not.
We welcome your interest in the BioSURF Program,
Barbara Kunkel, Professor of Biology and Ram Dixit, Associate Professor of Biology
Co-Directors, BioSURF Program
THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR BioSURF IS FEBRUARY 15!