Application will open March 2, 2020 for Summer 2020! 


The Division of Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship award includes a $3500 stipend for summer research experience. The Fellowship is funded by the Division of Life Sciences, the Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey, and by a generous endowment from Duncan and Nancy MacMillan.

The Fellowship is open to declared Life Science majors (Biological Science (119), Cell Biology and Neuroscience (146), Genetics (447), and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (694)) pursuing novel, independent undergraduate research under the supervision of a  Division of Life Science faculty member from one of the departments listed above. 

You must be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States and be able to provide the appropriate documentation (original Social Security card, Visa, Green card).  Preference will be given to students who have not previously been awarded the DLS SURF fellowship.

The SURF committee will also consider the feasibility of the proposed research, the student's GPA, and the rigor of their coursework.

Applicants need to have secured placement in a laboratory with a Research Mentor, who is a faculty member from the CBN, Genetics, or MBB undergraduate programs, prior to applying for this fellowship and should have previous research experience.  This fellowship application requires that the applicant's DLS Faculty Research Mentor provides a letter of support for the applicant and the applicant must prepare a 2-3 page research proposal. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

 Students must work in the lab full- time (40 hrs/week) for a period of 10 weeks.  SURF recipients are NOT allowed to register for any summer course credits.  SURF recipients are NOT allowed to receive a concurrent fellowship. 

Fellows are required to present their research findings at our summer poster session (typically held in early August- date to be announced) and to submit a 2-3 page research progress report upon completion of the 10 weeks of research to fulfill the requirements of the fellowship.

Application deadline and procedure

***To begin the application process, please use the following link: Request for the 2019 Application for DLS-SURF, HLS-SURF,HCW-SURF, and HGI-SURF. Eligible applicants will then be added to the 2019 SURF Application Sakai Site to complete and submit the application. If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.An brief overview of the required components of the application are listed below and further detailed on the Sakai site.

 Applicants must submit the following materials under the “Application” assignment on Sakai.

(A) Materials to be Contributed by the Student Applicant:

(1) Application cover page (see Sakai site under Resources)

(2) Current transcript (unofficial)

(3) CV or resume

(4) Research proposal (not to exceed 3 pages)

(B) Materials to be completed by the Faculty Research Mentor:

(1) Mentor statement supporting the student’s application, an outline of the laboratory environment, plans for student training and supervision, and certification that the lab possesses sufficient resources to fund the proposed project.

 Faculty may choose to submit mentor statements directly to the Director of Undergraduate Advising for Biological Sciences, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  or provide it to the applicant to include in their application.

Completed applications (including Faculty Research Mentor statements) are due by Friday, April 12, 2019.

Award notification: Fellowships will be awarded by April 24th, 2019  and acceptance must be acknowledged by the student in writing by May 1, 2019


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