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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) Award
2017 SURF fellows at the 3rd Annual Mini Symposium held on August 4, 2017. From left to right: Allysen Schreiber, Zohra Sattar, Sarah Colon, Antonio Hernandez, and Andres Ruiz
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 Friday, June 1, 2018 and ending on Thursday, August 9, 2018.
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 2017 program. SURF participants will receive compensation of $3,000 for the 10 week period.
The 2018 Application Cycle is now closed! Check back in November 2018 for the next round of Riback fellows.
2018 SURF Fellows
|SURF Fellow||Undergraduate Institution||Mentor/Lab||Project|
|Kenneth Booker||UIC||Terry Moore||
Syntheis of Macrocyclic NRf2 Activators
|Tamia Brice||Benedict University||Alessandra Eustaquio||Role of a LuxR-type transcriptional factor in regulating secondary metabolite biosynthesis in bacteria|
Dede Golda Gbikpi-Benissan
|Harry S. Truman College||Les Hanakahi|
|John Holton||John Carroll University||Doug Thomas||Nitric Oxide is an Epigenetic Regulator of Aggressive Breast Cancers|
|Brenna Kirkpatrick||University of Kentucky||Joanna Burdette||Identifying Natural Progestins from Botanicals for Prevention of Gynecologic Cancers
Please contact us by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 and cancer biology; Drug target discovery|
|Hyunyoung Jeong||Drug metabolism; Pharmacokinetics|
|Jeremy Johnson||Preclinical evaluation of natural products for cancer treatment and prevention|
|Alexander Mankin||Mechanisms of antibiotic action|
|Farah Movahed Zadeh||Antibiotic-producing microbes|
|Terry Moore||Drug Discovery; Medicinal chemistry; 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||Cancer etiology; Cancer-causing epigenetic modifications; Oncogenic proteins|
|Debra Tonetti||Pharmacology of breast cancer|
|Nora Vazquez-Laslop||Mechanisms of antibiotic action|
|Pharmacology of chronic pain and drug addiction|