Internship Opportunities

Summer Research Opportunities at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX

For the 26th consecutive year, UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is sponsoring the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. The goal of SURF is to give 100 undergraduate students an intensive, 10-week research experience in a world class research environment. Students immerse themselves in the laboratory and work on individual research projects with UT Southwestern Graduate School faculty.

Areas of Research: modern biomedical engineering, cancer biology, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, development, genetics, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, stem cell and pharmacology are represented.

The SURF program also offers four additional sub-programs, each with unique opportunities within biomedical sciences and across disciplines.

1. SURF-Stem Cell: This highly successful SURF subprogram is specifically focused on stem cells and regenerative medicine. For more information about this program specifically, click here.

2. Quantitative and Physical Science Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (QP-SURF) Program: This program, initially funded by a NIGMS training grant and now funded internally, will accept 15 students who are earning their undergraduate degrees in the field of biomedical engineering, mathematics, computer science, physics, or chemistry. The goal of QP-SURF is to give students an intensive, research experience and demonstrate to students in the physical and quantitative sciences how their knowledge and skill sets are applied in a biomedical research setting. QP-SURF students would carry out their 10-week research project in a biomedical engineering, biophysics, computational biology, or quantitative/analytical chemistry laboratory. To visit the program website and access the online application, click here.

3. QP-SURF-Chemistry: This program highlights opportunities for undergraduates interested in research at the interface between chemistry and biomedical research. For more information about this program, click here.

4. Summer Undergraduate Research Institution for the Study of Kidney Disease (SURISKD) Program: This program is funded by a National Institute of health and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIHIDDKD) training grant and will accept 15 students who are earning their undergraduate degrees in the field of natural sciences. The goal of SURISKD is to give students an intensive summer research training experience for college students who are preparing for Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. careers in kidney-related research. SURISKD Fellows spend 10-weeks pursuing individual research projects that range from embryonic development and physiology to kidney cancer and imaging in the laboratories of Graduate School faculty members. To visit the program website and access the online application, click here.

All five summer programs include topic specific weekly science seminars, optional courses in genetics and cancer, a leadership course, social events, and a scientific poster session at the conclusion of the program. Participants will be selected based on their essays, letters of recommendation, course work, and experience. Students will receive a stipend for the 10-week program. If a fellow requires housing, the costs will be covered by the program; however, fellows are responsible for paying their own travel expenses.

The application deadline for all 5 programs is February 9, 2018.

For additional questions, contact: Nancy E. Street, PhD at

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

HS-STEM Summer Internships

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas.

Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

10-week research experiences are offered at: Coast Guard Research and Development Center ● Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute ● Customs and Borders Protection ● Engineer Research and Development Center ● Federal Emergency Management Agency ● National Security Technologies ● National Urban Security Technology Laboratory ● Naval Research Laboratory ● Office for Interoperabilty and Compatibility ● Transportation Security Laboratory ● DOE National Laboratories: Argonne, Berkeley, Idaho, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

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