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Medical Scientist Training Program

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Applications for Summer 2017 are now open 

Spend the summer in Cincinnati!  This MSTP Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program is designed and provides experience for individuals who have a potential interest in combined MD/PhD training. 

Offering hands-on research training in a medical school setting, each intern is matched with a faculty advisor based on mutual research interests. The advisor and intern design a research project within the context of the current research in the advisors' laboratory, which can result in a student-authored publication.

Each intern is also teamed with a physician who they can shadow on ward rounds, clinical service and view surgeries.


The internships are designed for talented undergraduate sophomore or junior science majors who are interested in both basic science research and clinical medicine.


Applications for the Summer of 2017 are now open. For questions about your application email or call 513-558-2380.  The application deadline is February 1, 2017. Recommenders must submit all letters by 5:00pm on February 8, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications before January 15, 2017. There is a single application for multiple SURF programs. We encourage you to apply to multiple SURF programs. Those who are not selected for MSTP SURF, but for another program will have opportunities to interact and meet with MSTP program staff, students, and faculty throughout the summer. To learn more about the application requirements, check out the SURF homepage.


The internship provides a $4000 fellowship for 10 weeks of research. The program runs from May 30- August 4. Award notification begins in early March. 

Matching Process

The matching process begins with specific information you provide us about interest and potential mentors. We use that criteria along with the availability of researchers to determine placement. Upon the investigators confirmation of your placement, we will send you his or her contact information and request that you consult with your mentor regarding any special arrangements that need to be made prior to starting in the lab.

Summer in Cincinnati

In addition to medically relevant research, the program includes an orientation picnic, weekly journal club meetings with students in the MD/PhD combined-degree program and tours of the research and clinical facilities, and minisymposium where students present their research.