SAS Honors Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (HLS-SURF)



The SAS Honors Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (HLS-SURF) award includes a $3500 stipend for summer research experience. The Fellowship is generously funded by the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program.

The Fellowship is open to SAS Honors Program undergraduate students 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 outside of the Division of Life Sciences. Students may work with faculty from other departments in SAS or other units (e.g. RWJMS, CINJ, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacy). (Honors students working with DLS faculty should apply to the DLS-SURF).  

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 a SURF from our summer fellowship 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 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 SURF 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 in order 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/or 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.A 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 their 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 be included 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.