SURP Applicant Information

Application process:

Interested students can apply for a 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research in Physiology (SURP) program by completing the following:

  1. Complete and submit an application form online at the application web site. Please remember that your personal statements, undergraduate transcript and your three choices for faculty mentors (in order of preference) will be required on the website before you submit your application. 
  2. Please request to have two confidential recommendations to be sent on your behalf using the following link: link for letter providers, and enter the recommender's name and email address in the online application to support this process. 
Benefits:
  1. $4,200 funding, in 6 bi-weekly installments. Please note the $4,200 is pre-tax.
  2. Travel reimbursement: ($500 maximum; actual cost reimbursed, if less than $500)
    1. Car mileage (gas cannot be reimbursed) - Not to exceed the cost of a round-trip airline ticket.
    2. Car rental & gas 
    3. Airfare - Round-trip ticket
  3. Housing assistance of $1,000.
  4. Research supply assistance of $1,000 toward the research expenditure, paid to the mentor of the research lab.
  5. Gain basic knowledge in modern physiology and skills in preparing scientific abstracts, posters, and oral presentations.
Eligibility Requirements:

Please read eligibility requirements carefully. Students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Have a minimum overall 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  3. Applicant must have completed their freshman year by the time of SURP fellowship and are not scheduled to graduate before December 2019.
  4. Have an interest in pursuing a doctoral degree in one of the University of Michigan graduate programs, and a genuine interest in academic research and/or teaching as a career.
  5. Have personal medical/health insurance coverage throughout the duration of the program.

Applicants must also belong to one or more of the following groups:

  1. Individuals from a diverse racial and ethnic group that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the US Pacific Islands).
  2. Individuals with physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
  3. Individuals who come from a family with annual income below established low-income thresholds.
  4. Individuals who are the first-generation in their families to graduate from a four-year college or university.

Complete the SURP online application and submit all supporting documentation before February 1st, 2019; 11:59 p.m. (EST).

Student responsibilities:

SURP students are expected to pursue substantive research projects over the course of the program. They are required to make a full-time commitment to their research. In addition, full and active participation in mandatory weekly meetings, seminars and events is required.

Participants are required to give a research presentation of their work at a Summer Symposium, in August. In addition, there will be numerous opportunities to network and socialize with faculty, students, and staff at sponsored events throughout the summer.