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The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) program at The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology is a ten-week, full-time, immersive research experience at the interface of chemistry and biology. The goals of the UF Scripps SURF program are to expose the next generation of scientists to the breadth of biomedical career opportunities and to introduce them to the world-class quality of the graduate training program here at the Wertheim UF Scripps Institute. Our scientists are leaders in their fields who prioritize mentoring and education. We welcome students from underrepresented and underserved populations, including those who are the first in their families to go to college or attend institutions with limited research opportunities.

Participants join a laboratory based on their faculty and research interests. The research experiences and supplemental classroom curricula focus on improving the depth and understanding of scientific knowledge and enhancing critical thinking and communication skills. Students are expected to work full-time on an independent project plus join their cohort twice a week for research seminars and professional development workshops. Interns are required to complete several written and oral projects during the summer, plus present their work at a final symposium on August 11, 2023. 

The program dates are from June 5, 2023, to August 11, 2023. 

A stipend of $6,000.00 is provided.


Applicants must be enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year undergraduate program. First-year students, sophomores and juniors are welcome to apply. Senior students who graduate after the end date of the SURF program may be eligible. In addition, students must be United States citizens or permanent residents with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. It is preferred that students have completed introductory coursework in biology and chemistry. Completing advanced courses such as organic chemistry and genetics is beneficial but not required. 


While it is preferred for participants to join the program with some basic laboratory experience, prior research experience is not required. The SURF program is designed to provide hands-on research experience to those who have had limited access to such training experiences.


The following materials must be received for your application to be considered complete:

  1. Apply online here  Application deadline is on February 15, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
  2. A CV or resume.
  3. Request transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. The transcripts should be uploaded to the application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  4. Address the following topics in a short essay or personal statement: What area of scientific research most interests you? Please include any Wertheim UF Scripps research faculty who may be working in your area of interest. What benefits do you hope to gain from the SURF Program?
  5. A minimum of two faculty references who will provide letters of recommendation. Applicants will provide names and email addresses of faculty references, whom we will contact to request letters of recommendation. Recommenders will be provided with a secure link where they can submit their letters via our online application system.

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To apply for this position, visit Job number for this vacancy is 116349 and the deadline date to apply is February 15, 2023. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2HRS or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The University of Florida is an equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University of Florida invites all qualified applicants, including minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under the Florida Sunshine and Public Records laws.