Ohio University

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

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2022 Program Dates: To be announced

The application for the SURF program is now closed. The application will reopen in the fall of 2021.

Program Description

Participants in the SURF program work in an active research laboratory under the guidance of a faculty member, with the goal of exposing students to the challenges, excitement and satisfaction of research.

Selection is based on academic records and the appropriateness of the applicant’s scientific interests. Students about to begin their senior year of college are preferred, but promising juniors and recent graduates will be considered.

Participants are provided with room, board, a modest living allowance and up to $350 travel reimbursement. In addition, program participants who meet minimum requirements for admission to the Heritage College, including having taken the MCAT, will be offered an opportunity to interview during the summer for a place in the next fall's entering class.

Required Supplemental Application Materials

  • Two letters of recommendation from natural science faculty who taught you in class OR one letter of recommendation from a premedical/health professions advising committee
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions you have attended

Instruct your recommenders to include the course(s) they taught you in within their letters. Arrange to have your letters of recommendation/evaluation and transcripts sent to the Heritage College. Documents may be sent through regular U.S. mail, Interfolio, VirtualEvals or emailed directly to ou-hcom@ohio.edu.

SURF 2022 Faculty Mentors

SURF mentors for next summer will be announced here when the application opens. When the application is available, you will be able to select and rank up to five faculty mentors with whom you would like to work.