SURF Program

STUDENTS HAVE NOW BEEN SELECTED FOR SUMMER 2022. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET HEARD FROM US, YOU WILL NOT BE CHOSEN FOR THE PROGRAM THIS SUMMER. WE RECEIVED APPROXIMATELY 1000 APPLICANTS AND CANNOT RESPOND TO EVERYONE INDIVIDUALLY.  THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR 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 6 – August 12) in a Boston University lab, mentored by a BU faculty member. For summer 2022, 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 2023 SURF program will run from mid-December 2022 till sometime in March 2023. 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 (surf@bu.edu; 617-353-2432).