Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) programs
Are you an undergraduate science student, interested in scientific research and thinking about a career in Biomedical Research?
You can get the experience you need to prepare for graduate school and a career in this expanding field by participating in one of our summer research programs. The SURF Programs are designed for sophomore and junior level students who are U.S.
residents. Students must be able to commit to a 10 week
program to do a research internship. SURF students are matched with an
appropriate faculty advisor, based on mutual research interest. The
advisor and intern design a specific research project within the context
of the research focus of the advisor's laboratory.
We typically award fellowships to 150 undergrads each summer to do clinical,
translational, or basic biomedical research. You can apply to any or all of the following programs.
Students in any of the five programs who are placed in labs at
Cincinnati Children’s may do clinical shadowing with the permission of
their mentors; students in the MSTP SURF program are required to do
clinical shadowing in addition to a research project.
Additional Enrichment Experiences
We kick off the summer with an orientation picnic that gives you the opportunity to meet other SURF students and faculty. Other summer events include brown bag lunches on different research topics, an introduction to surgery, sessions on bioinformatics, scientific writing, and research ethics, tours of the Hoxworth Blood Center and Cincinnati Zoo's Center for Conservation and Research on Endangered Wildlife. The summer ends with a special Capstone lecture and poster session where all SURF participants present their research.
Other Summer Research Opportunities
ROSE is part internship, part early acceptance to medical school, and part mentorship program.
ROSE students spend two consecutive summers at the University of
Cincinnati working with current faculty and research staff. The first
summer is 8 weeks and the second summer is ten weeks. Research can be
clinical, translational, or basic biomedical science (at the bench).
The ROSE program is designed for sophomore and junior level students who are Ohio residents or who live in certain Indiana or Kentucky counties
that receive Ohio reciprocity. Only students who have successfully
completed one year of college coursework as full-time, matriculated
undergraduate students in a four-year, degree granting program will be
considered. Students must be able to commit at least two consecutive
summers to do a research internship. ROSE summer interns are matched
with an appropriate faculty advisor, based on mutual research interest.
The advisor and intern design a specific research project within the
context of the research focus of the advisor's laboratory. Selection of
the research is biased toward projects which can result in a
is a six-week residential summer program for 18 college juniors,
seniors, and postbaccalaureate premedical students from the U.S.
Students receive intensive exposure to medicine as a career through
tours, speakers, seminars, and shadowing.
Howard Hughes Excellence in Science Education and Learning Program
(ExSEL I) is a five-week summer, basic science enrichment program for 20
gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors from the Cincinnati
The Howard Hughes Excellence in Science Education and Learning II
Program (ExSEL II) is open to students only the summer following
successfully completing the ExSEL Program.
ExSEL II is a 9-week program in which the 7 best students who apply from
the prior ExSEL graduating class are chosen to work on their own
research project in a mentor’s lab for 40 hours per week. Students are
matched with a mentor at UC COM and CCHMC. Research can be clinical,
translational, or basic biomedical science (at the bench).
Summer Internship Program at CCHMC is an 8-week program in which
graduating high school seniors work 20 hours per week with a mentor in
one of 16 pediatric clinical specialties. This internship is a paid,
part-time position for graduating seniors only. The program is very
competitive, offering an exciting opportunity for highly motivated
students interested in pursuing higher education (MD, PhD, or MD/PhD) to
learn more about careers in Medicine and Clinical Research.
BRIMS program offers an outstanding science training opportunity for
Cincinnati area graduating high school seniors and college freshmen. The
program is designed to involve minority students traditionally
underrepresented in biomedical careers in cutting-edge scientific
research conducted in an academic medical center to stimulate their
interest in pursuing biomedical research careers.
Summer Research Application
Phone: (513) 558-5625
Fax: (513) 558-2850
Mail Location 0548
Office of Graduate Education
Summer Research Programs
PO Box 670548
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0548
Biomedical Research Training Programs