Office of Undergraduate Instruction

Application Submission is closed for 2017. Please check back in March 2018 for information regarding applying for summer 2018.


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.

 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 submit a 2-3 page research progress report to fullfill the requirements of the fellowship.

Application deadline and procedure

***To apply, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view be added to the roster for the 2017 DLS SURF Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program Sakai site starting Feb. 15th.

 Please include in your email:  1) your RUID, 2) your netID, and 3) the name of the DLS faculty member that you are conducting research  with.

Please note: 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.  This fellowship application requires that the applicant's DLS Faculty Research Mentor provides a letter of support for the applicant and  the proposed research project. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

 Applicants must  submit the following materials under the “Application” assignment on Sakai as a SINGLE pdf. PDFs can be made by the following mechanisms: 1) using google doc's export feature 2) with Adobe pro, available in student computer labs or 3) with a document scanner, also available in the computer labs.

(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,  Biological Sciences:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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

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