SURF’s up! … at Upstate for undergrads again this summer

SUNY Upstate College of Graduate Studies SURF program

As an undergraduate student at Clarion University, Greg Goreczny was chosen for the SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) program at Upstate Medical University. Now he's a first-year PhD student here. The screen behind him shows a cell undergoing analysis to determine if two proteins are interacting in the cell. Photos by William Mueller.

Greg Goreczny enjoyed his 10 weeks as a SURF student so much, he knew he wanted to apply to Upstate for graduate school.

“It definitely refined the skills I learned as an undergrad,” he said of his Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship here in 2011. “I was able to get the feel of a bigger lab, and how a lab is run at an academic medical center.”

Greg said the critical thinking and techniques he learned in the SURF program “definitely” helped with his research at Clarion University his senior year. “I did a lot of behavioral studies and biochemical analysis, and learned how the extra-cellular matrix affects cell processes,” he said.

But it wasn’t just the lab experience Greg enjoyed as a SURF student. Other pluses included the stipend and housing, weekly presentations by faculty, the support and camaraderie among students and faculty, fitness opportunities on campus and outdoor recreation spots in Central New York.

Greg graduated from Clarion in 2012 with a degree in molecular biology/biotechnology, and enrolled at Upstate.

Like all first-year students in the College of Graduate Studies, Greg is rotating among three labs before choosing a mentor. “Everyone’s research is interesting,” he said.

The 2013 SURF program runs from June 10 to August 16. Applicants should be between their junior and senior years of college this summer, in good academic standing and have a strong interest in pursuing a PhD in biomedical research. Application deadline is Feb. 15.  Apply here.

SUNY Upstate Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Upstate graduate student Greg Goreczny, right, in the lab with post-doctoral fellow Nicholas Deakin, PhD.


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