SURF Program

The application page for summer 2024 is open, see links below to the page.

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/NSF-REU 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 (early June  – mid-August) in a Boston University lab, mentored by a BU faculty member. For summer 2024, student 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/NSF-REU program, click here.

The application period for the Summer 2024 SURF program will run from mid-December 2023 till April 1, 2024. Applications will be reviewed and offers will be made on a rolling basis, so it is advantageous to get your applications in early.

Please read the application instructions at the NSF-ETAP site 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).