SURF Program


The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at Boston University is designed to promote access to graduate education for talented undergraduate students, especially those from minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences – African-American, Hispanic, Native American/Native Alaskan, and Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian/Polynesian – or persons living with disabilities. The SURF Program is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF-REU), the Department of Defense (ASSURE), and Boston University.

The SURF Program is open to non-BU students who are rising juniors or rising seniors, and wish to conduct research in the sciences or technology. The program consists of ten weeks of full-time research in a Boston University lab, mentored by a BU faculty member. For summer 2017, SURF research projects will be in areas related to Biology and the control of gene expression for biological outcomes. On-campus housing, a stipend, weekly enrichment activities, social events, and an October weekend trip to present findings at the Boston University Undergraduate Research Symposium are also included. To apply for the SURF program, click here.

The application for continued funding of the SURF program is currently under review at NSF. We hope to know the status of our funding by January, 2017.  The application deadline for the Summer 2017 SURF program will be in February 16, 2017. For Summer 2017 the SURF program dates will be from early June to approximately mid August. Please read the application instructions carefully before applying to the SURF program: you will need to fill out an application, provide a transcript, and ask two professors to submit letters of recommendation. Feel free to contact the Biology office if you would like more information (; 617-353-2432).