Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

New York University’s Department of Biology and Center for Genomics and Systems Biology offer a summer program for junior-standing undergraduate students from underrepresented minority groups1 with career interests in biological research. This 9-week program places students in laboratories of NYU faculty based on their background preparation and areas of interest.

Research areas include, but are not limited to: cell and developmental biology, genomics and systems biology, computational biology, microbiomes and infectious diseases, and ecology and evolutionary biology. Each student will conduct a research project under the direction of a faculty member in collaboration with a postdoctoral fellow or PhD student.

In the first week, students will participate in an experimental and computational "bootcamp" to accelerate the learning of required research skills. Students will be involved in all phases of the research process, including reading the literature, designing experiments, analyzing data, and communicating via oral and written presentations. At the end of the program, students will present their work at a summer research conference that is shared with other SURP programs at NYU.

The primary goals of this program are to introduce our research and training programs to non-NYU minority students, and to contribute to the diversification of the scientific workforce in the field of biology. Students are provided with housing, a stipend, and a meal plan. Support is provided by the Department, the Center, NYU’s Dean for Science, and NYU’s Office for Diversity Initiatives.

The dates of the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Program are: June 5 - August 4. The deadline to apply is March 15th, 2017. Students accepted into the program will be notified by April 1.

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1Groups traditionally under-represented in the sciences include students who identify as American Indian or Alaska Native, Black, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.