2020 Amgen Scholars and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Application
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Thank you for your interest in applying to the UT Southwestern Amgen Scholars Program and/or one or more of the SURF programs. QP-SURF, QP-SURF CHEMISTRY, SURF-STEM CELL and SURISKD programs all fall under the SURF umbrella and will be referred to as SURF going forward. Please indicate below which program(s) you are applying for.
Within the application, you will need to upload your transcripts (official or unofficial) from each college you have attended. We also require two letters of recommendation which can come from research mentors, professors, employers, or advisers. Letters should discuss the applicant's scientific and intellectual abilities, previous training and experience, and potential for a career in research.
IMPORTANT: Our method of submission of letters of recommendation is electronic submission. The Amgen Scholars/ SURF Program Administrator will email your recommender a link to upload their letter of recommendation 1-5 days after you submit your application.
Amgen Scholars and SURF Fellows will spend 10-weeks (June 1, 2020 through August 7, 2020),pursuing individual research projects in the laboratories of UT Southwestern Graduate School faculty members. Participants will gain experience in modern research techniques and have a chance to plan and execute an experimental strategy to answer a scientific question. At the end of the summer, all participants will present their respective research in a poster session. In addition to laboratory research, participants attend weekly seminars given by UTSW faculty members. Informal discussions about careers in science and graduate training are also scheduled. Participants will be selected and matched to a research project according to each particpant's previous training and research interests. Since all UT Southwesterns faculty are not summer mentors, please DO NOT contact any faculty member directly. Dr. Nancy Street will contact and match Faculty with scholars/fellows.
THE FOLLOWING IS A DESCRIPTION OF EACH PROGRAM:
Amgen Scholars Program 2020
UT Southwestern Amgen Scholars will take part in an intensive, full-time, 10-week hand son residential summer research program in leading edge research facilities at UT Southwestern Medical Center. UT Southwestern Amgen Scholars will use state-of-the-art equipment in advanced labs to help to solve complex health challenges. Conducting projects similar to those encountered during graduate research training, students will gain invaluable insights on the planning, discipline, and teamwok involved in innovation biomedical research. UT Southwestern Amgen Scholars will become active, contributing members of our collaborative, cross-disciplinary scientific community. Scholars will also attend a four-day Amgen Symposium in Los Angeles. Fifteen scholars participate in teh Amgen Schoalrs program.
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF) 2020
The SURF Program at UT Southwestern is an intensive summer research training experience for students interested in pursuing careers in Biomedical Research. The program introduces fellows to the sorts of projects encountered during postgraduate research training and leads to an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuite of basic answers to current questions in the Biomedical Sciences. Approximately 40 fellows participate in the SURF Program.
Quantitative and Physical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
The QP-SURF Program at UT Southwestern is an intensive summer research training experience which leads to an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of basic answers to current questions at the interface of quantitative science and basic biomedical research. Approximately 15 fellows participate in the QP-SURF Program.
QP-SURF CHEMISTRY 2020
The QP-SURF Chemistry Program at UT Southwestern is an intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for careers at the interface of Chemistry and basic Biomedical Research. Approximately 10 fellows participate in the QP-SURF CHEMISTRY Program.
STEM CELL Program 2020
The SURF-STEM CELL Program at UT Southwestern is an intensive summer research training experience that will offer students a broad overview of stem cell and regenerative science and medicine, bringing together interdisciplinary resources from across the campus. Approximately 15 fellows participate in the SURF-STEM CELL Program.
Summer Undergraduate Research Institution for Kidney Disease Program (SURISKD) 2020
The SURISKD Program at UT Southwestern is an intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for careers in Biomedical Research with a special interest in kidney development, disease, and treatment. The program introduces students to the sorts of projects encountered during postgraduate research training and leads to an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of basic answers to current questions in kidney research. Approximately 15 fellows participate in the SURISKD Program.