Fourteen college students interested in the biomedical sciences are spending the summer at Upstate through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program.
The 10-week SURF program exposes college juniors to biomedical research and gives them the opportunity to formulate a proposal, carry out research under a faculty mentor, write a research paper and possibly have their work published.
Each fellow receives a $3,000 stipend and housing. This summer’s program started June 9 and continues through August 13.
The students attend research seminars and participate in discussions on advancing their careers in the biomedical sciences.
“The program is a great opportunity that should continue,” said Chris Esworthy, a student at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry. His favorite part so far? “Just the experience itself, being immersed in the field you want to get into … it’s definitely a change of pace from undergraduate research.”
SURF fellows also give presentations about their research, and take part in social events on and off campus. The SURF program has been a steady feeder for Upstate, as many former fellows have enrolled in the College of Graduate Studies after earning a bachelor’s degree.
Applicants to the SURF program must have a strong interest in pursuing a PhD in biomedical research. They must be in good academic standing, between their junior and senior years, and majoring in chemistry, biology or a related field. U.S. citizenship is not required.
This year’s SURF fellows and their undergraduate institution:
Kimberlyn Bailey, SUNY Oswego; Sarah Bond, University of Rochester; Madeline Clark, SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry; Christopher Esworthy, SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry; Jessica Glauber, University of Buffalo; Julie Klaric, University of Connecticut; Wendi Law, Binghamton University;
Thien Luu, SUNY Cobleskill; Vinosh Mathuranayagam, Stony Brook University; Diana Norman, SUNY Canton; Allison Schloop, St. Lawrence University; Koshu Takatsuji, Bard College at Simon’s Rock; Erin Wadsworth, SUNY Cobleskill; Anushka Wickramaratne, University of California at Riverside.