Honors College with Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (HCW-SURF)

Please check back in LATE Feb. 2021 for application information! 

View the poster presentations from our 2020 Summer Fellows here!

COVID-19 Announcement: We are still running our summer fellowship program, but it will be smaller and modified! Students with remote projects or projects with remote components may apply.  Students may not participate in on campus research. Students will be required to participate in a virtual poster session. Students may also apply for partial fellowships- if so, please indicate the amount of funding requested. 


The Honors College with Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (HCW-SURF) award includes a $4000 stipend for a 10 week summer research experience. The Fellowship is generously funded by the Honors College with Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D.

The Fellowship is open to Honors College undergraduate women that are  Division of Life Science majors (Biological Sciences (119), Cell Biology & Neuroscience (146), Genetics (447), or Molecular Biology & Biochemistry (694)) pursuing novel, independent life science based undergraduate research under the supervision of Rutgers-NB faculty members. Students may work with DLS faculty or faculty from other departments in SAS or other units (e.g. RWJMS, CINJ, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacy). Students working with DLS faculty  not selected for this award will automatically be considered for the DLS-SURF.

You must be eligible to work in the U.S. to receive a fellowship. 

Preference will be given to students who have not previously been awarded a SURF from our summer program.

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 prior to applying for this fellowship and should have previous research experience.  This fellowship application requires that the applicant's Faculty Research Mentor provides a letter of support for the applicant and the applicant must prepare a 1-2 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 SURF poster session, which will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2020,  and to submit a 1-2  page research progress report upon completion of the 10 weeks of research in order to fulfill the requirements of the fellowship.

Application deadline and procedures

There is one single application for the all fellowships offered through DLS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program- the  DLS-SURF, HLS-SURF, HCW-SURF, and HGI-SURF. You may apply for more than one type of fellowship, if eligible. If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

       (1) Application cover page (download here)

      (2) Current transcript (unofficial)

      (3) CV or resume

      (4) Research proposal (1-2 pages- do not  exceed 2 pages)

Please use the following link to submit your completed application: DLS Summer Undergraduate Research Program Fellowship Application

(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 must email 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..

Completed applications (including Faculty Research Mentor statements) are due by Sunday, April 19, 2020.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Award notification: Fellows will be notified by May 6th, 2020  and acceptance  must be acknowledged within 1 week of notification.