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) 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 fields. The program consists of ten weeks of full-time research (June 7 – August 13, 2021) in a Boston University lab, mentored by a BU faculty member. For summer 2021, 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 period for the Summer 2021 SURF program is open until March 15, 2021. 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).

COVID-19 2021 UPDATE:  University restrictions will make us unable to house non-BU students in BU dorms during summer 2021. Therefore, we are especially interested in BU students (who qualify as described above) for summer 2021.  Or, students from other schools who will be in Boston for summer 2021 for other reasons, and will not need BU University housing. Please write to us, if you want more information.