UIC College of Pharmacy Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

June 1st - August 9th, 2018 

The SURF program is for undergraduate students interested in biomedical research.

SURF Fellows work on their research project in the lab of a faculty mentor (see available labs). Fellows attend relevant laboratory safety training and participate in lab meetings.

SURF fellows receive guidance from their faculty mentor, graduate students, postdocs, and the SURF leadership.

Career development activities
SURF fellows attend professional development seminars, visit Pfizer campus to learn about industrical pharmaceutical careers, tour the UIC research facilities, and participate in workshops on advanced scientific techniques. At the end of the summer, fellows present their research at the annual Mini Symposium.

Fellows receive $3,000 over 10 weeks.


  • 2nd or 3rd years majoring in biology, chemistry, biochemistyr, or related field
  • 3.2 GPA or higher
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Applicants interested in a future graduate program in research preferred

Application deadline: February 1, 2018
Application includes: 

  • Form
  • Personal statement
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation 

More information and application
Program contact: surf@uic.edu