Summer undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

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’s School of Medicine. The University of Pittsburgh’s 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 students who are considering the pursuit of an advanced degree in immunology.

Program Description

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 housing.

For further information contact:

Dr. Penelope A. Morel
E1048 Biomedical Science Tower
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
200 Lothrop St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Tel: 412.624.0343
Fax: 412.383.8098

For application materials visit the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program website.