The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in
Immunology is designed to provide stimulating and rewarding
research opportunities for undergraduates considering
graduate education in Immunology. The program is sponsored
and administered by the
Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program at the
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The University
of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is a premier research center
and provides an exceptional environment for students to gain
research experience under the guidance of internationally
recognized immunologists. The Immunology program faculty
includes 37 active members, whose labs study such areas as
basic immunologic mechanisms autoimmunity, transplantation,
cancer, and infectious disease.
The goal of this program is to provide undergraduate students
who have an interest in immunology with the opportunity for
a hands-on research experience. The research laboratory
experience will provide students with a greater understanding
of the scientific process as well as direct experience in
state of the art techniques. The program is intended to
support and encourage the interests of highly motivated s
tudents who are considering the pursuit of an advanced degree
Under the guidance of a selected faculty member, the student
will participate in the ongoing research efforts of the
laboratory. In the ten week program, the student will gain
experience in basic laboratory skills and develop an
understanding of the scientific process in action. In
addition, students will participate in ongoing activites
of the Immunology Program, which include a weekly Journal
club and a weekly seminar series as well as lab meetings.
A program designed to introduce participating students to
career opportunities in research will also be offered in
the form of biweekly lunch meetings with selected speakers.
The program will close with a retreat in which students
participating in all of the summer undergraduate research
programs will have an opportunity to present the results
of their research experience.
Interested students entering their sophomore or junior year
will be selected on the basis of the completed application.
This should consist of a personal statement of the student's
research interests and career goals, an unofficial transcript
from the student's undergraduate institution, and two letters
of recommendation from the student's major advisor or other
faculty member familiar with the student's academic performance
and career goals.
Deadline for applications is March 1. Students will
receive a stipend for the ten week research program
beginning June (first week) through August (first week).
Students are responsible for travel costs to Pittsburgh and
For further information contact:
Dr. Penelope A. Morel
E1048 Biomedical Science Tower
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
200 Lothrop St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
For application material visit the Interdisciplinary Biomedical
Graduate Program website.