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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) Award
2016 SURF fellows at the 2nd Annual Mini Symposium held on August 4, 2016. From left to right: Bailey Englund, Lisa Gutgesell, Jennifer Diaz, Brian Kim, and Alex Infante
The College of Pharmacy at UIC invites undergraduate students to apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. The objective of this program is to introduce undergraduate students to biomedical research in order to heighten interest in science as a career and increase the number of young scientists entering the biomedical research disciplines.
The SURF program is located on UIC’s West Campus, in the center of the Illinois Medical District--one of the largest concentrations of advanced health care facilities in the nation-- and just minutes from downtown Chicago. Our location gives us convenient access to a diverse range of cutting-edge research, collaborators and patient populations.
The SURF Program is funded by an institutional award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET).
The SURF program runs for 10 weeks, starting on Thursday, June 1, 2017 and ending on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.
SURF Program Description
ASPET-sponsored SURF program is for undergraduate students interested in biomedical research. Students will work on independent research projects in the laboratories of their faculty mentors. Before beginning work, students will attend relevant laboratory safety training. In addition to individual mentoring, the program offers number of enrichment activities: research seminars, advanced research instrumentation workshops, career day at a local pharmaceutical company, instructions on how to prepare a scientific presentation, practice talks and a mini-symposium where all the participants present their research projects in front of the College audience. Download a sample schedule for details of 2016 program. SURF participants will receive compensation of $3,000 for the 10 week period.
The 2017 Application Cycle is now closed. The application for next year will open in November 2017.
Meet this year's SURF Fellows:
|SURF Fellow||Undergraduate Institution||Mentor/Lab||Project|
|Sarah Colon||Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus||Shura Mankin/Nora Vazquez-Laslop||
Mechanism of action of ribosomal antibiotics
|Antonio Hernandez||UIC||Brian Murphy||
Discovery of antibiotics from the Great Lakes cultivatable sponge microbiome.
|Pennsylvania State University||Les Hanakahi||Visualizing 3' terminal DNA-protein crosslinks in human cells|
|Zohra Sattar||Northern Illinois University||Terry Moore||Development of Stapled Peptide Probes for the Estrogen Receptor/Coactivator Interaction|
|Allysen Schreiber||Wake Forest University||Debra Tonetti||Characterization of novel therapeutics in endocrine resistant breast cancer cell and tumor models|
Please contact us by e-mail to email@example.com.
To see the previous recipients, mentors, projects and Mini Symposium photos, please visit the Previous SURF Recipients page
|Ovarian cancer, drug discovery|
|Alessandra Eustaquio||Drug discovery and development, biosynthesis, synthetic biology, microbiology|
|Les Hanakahi||DNA repair in human cells|
|Hyunyoung Jeong||Drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics|
|Jeremy Johnson||Preclinical evaluation of natural products fro cancer treatment and prevention|
|Alexander Mankin||Mechanisms of antibiotic action|
|Terry Moore||Therapeutically important protein-protein interactions|
|Brian Murphy||Drug discovery from aquatic microorganisms|
|John Nitiss||DNA topoisomerases as targets for cancer chemotherapy|
|Jimmy Orjala||Drug discovery from cyanobacteria and plants|
|Douglas Thomas||Epigenetic modifications in cancer development and progression|
|Debra Tonetti||Pharmacology of breast cancer|
|Nora Vazquez-Laslop||Mechanisms of antibiotic action|
|Pharmacology of chronic pain and drug addiction|