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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

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About the Experience

Fellows come from universities across Texas and the United States to spend ten weeks in basic science laboratories as well as in the clinical research setting at the Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Austin. The goal of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) is to introduce the next generation of scientists to laboratory, translational and clinical research, and to spark an interest in a future cancer-related career.

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2019 Dates

  • Application opens: Oct. 1, 2018
  • Application closes: Jan. 5, 2019
  • Letter of recommendation due: Feb. 1, 2019
  • Fellows notified of selection: March 1, 2019
  • Program Orientation: May 28, 2019
  • Poster Session/End of Program: Aug. 2, 2019

Fellows are assigned based on their preferences to a basic, translational or clinical research preceptor where they will be directly involved in developing and completing a research project. The preceptors represent various schools and colleges from The University of Texas including Dell Medical School, the College of Pharmacy, the Cockrell School of Engineering, the College of Natural Sciences and the Steve Hicks School of Social Work.

Fellows also learn about different types of cancer and cancer research during Tuesday and Thursday morning lectures.

Eligibility

Students interested in working full time for ten weeks during the summer can apply to the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. The program accepts up to 20 participants. Fellowships are open to incoming freshmen who will be 18 years old by May 28, 2019 and U.S. college undergraduates. Minority students are encouraged to apply. We are unable to accept foreign students without a U.S. student visa at this time.

Program Requirements

Accepted fellows are required to sign a Student Agreement committing them to the following requirements.

Orientation will be held on May 28 at 9 am. in the Health Discovery Building Auditorium. This is a mandatory meeting for all fellows and will cover program requirements, training requirements, stipends and more.

You will also be required to complete online training relevant to your individual research project prior to your arrival. You will be notified of these training requirements after you’ve been notified of your assigned laboratory and project.

With the help of your preceptor, you will write a two to three-page, double-spaced report describing goals of your research project. The report is due within 10 days of your start date. Your preceptor will also sign the report. When we receive the report, you will receive 50 percent of your stipend.

All fellows will participate in a poster session on Aug. 2. If you are unable to attend the poster session, please contact Nick Smith-Stanley as soon as you know you have a conflict. After you participate in the poster session and exit survey, you will receive the balance of your stipends.

Any fellow who is unable to attend the poster session will be required to write a double-spaced report of at least five pages that describes your project’s results, due at the end of the fellowship. Your preceptor will sign the report. Once the report is received, along with the exit survey, you will receive the balance of your stipend.

Applicants will select three faculty members and projects they would like to work on during the fellowship. Program leaders will make every effort to assign an applicant to their first choice but may need to make alternative assignments based on availability. These cancer projects range from clinical to more basic science type of research. See the projects and preceptors below.

Projects & Preceptors

Applicants select three preceptors/projects they would like to work on during the fellowship and note them on the application. Projects are located on The University of Texas at Austin campus as well as the Dell Medical School and the Dell Pediatric Research Institute (DPRI). Click on the preceptor’s name to learn more about their research.

Aaron Baker, Ph.D.

Biomedical Engineering (UT Austin)

Anna Capasso, Ph.D.

Oncology (Dell Medical School)

Zhengrong Cui, Ph.D.

Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery (UT Austin)

Kevin Dalby, Ph.D.

Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry (UT Austin)

Linda Degraffenried, Ph.D.

Nutritional Science (UT Austin and DPRI)

John DiGiovanni, Ph.D.

Pharmacy (DPRI)

Livia Eberlin, Ph.D.

Chemistry (UT Austin)

Lauren Ehrlich, Ph.D.

Molecular Biosciences (UT Austin)

Matt Fox, M.D., and Anokhi Jambusaria, M.D.

Internal Medicine (Dell Medical School)

Elizabeth Jacobs, M.D.

Internal Medicine and Population Health (Dell Medical School)

John Kuo, M.D.

Neurosurgery (Dell Medical School)

Elizabeth Kvale, M.D., MSPH

Internal Medicine (Dell Medical School)

Mia Markey, Ph.D.

Biomedical Engineering (UT Austin)

William Matsui, M.D.

Oncology (Dell Medical School)

Kyle Miller, Ph.D.

Molecular Biosciences (UT Austin)

Tanya Paull, Ph.D.

Molecular Biosciences (UT Austin)

Farya Phillips

Social Work (UT Austin)

John Powers, Ph.D.

Pediatrics (Dell Medical School)

Emily Que, Ph.D.

Chemistry (UT Austin)

Chris Sullivan, Ph.D.

Molecular Biosciences (UT Austin)

Stefano Tiziani, Ph.D.

Human Ecology (UT Austin)

Todd Triplett, Ph.D.

LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes (Dell Medical School)

Carla VanDenBerg, Pharm.D.

Pharmacology/Toxicology (Dell Medical School)

Karen Vasquez, Ph.D.

Pharmacy and Toxicology (UT Austin)

Blerta Xhemalce, Ph.D.

Molecular Biosciences (UT Austin)

Stephen Yi, Ph.D.

LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes (Dell Medical School)

Vishy Iyer, Ph.D.

Molecular Biosiences (UT Austin)

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any other questions, please contact Nick Smith-Stanley, associate director for finance and administration.

Fellows work full time for 10 weeks from May 28 to Aug. 2, 2019.

Yes. Fellows are expected to work full time in the labs and in seminars. Other work commitments or classes are not advised.

Yes. Fellows get a stipend of $3,000, paid in two installments of 50 percent through direct deposit as they complete the program.

No. Fellows are required to find and pay for their own living arrangements during the program.