Undergrads spend summer at Upstate through SURF program

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Mark Schmitt, PhD, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, at lunch Tuesday with students in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program. Fourteen undergraduate students are spending 10 weeks on Upstate's campus this summer, studying and working in research laboratories.

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.

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