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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for Medical Exploration (SURF-MedEx)

About SURF MedEx

Welcome to the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship's Medical Exploration (MedEx) track! SURF-MedEx is a unique opportunity for current UC students in the Medical Sciences program (or those working with Medical Sciences faculty) to engage in cutting-edge research during the summer. This program is designed to provide valuable research experience while offering professional development opportunities tailored to your future career goals as Physicians (MD/DO) or Physician Scientists (MD/DO PhD).

Sponsored by: SURF MedEx is sponsored by the Medical Sciences Baccalaureate Program.

Program Details

Spots Available: 20


  • Open to current UC students that are Medical Sciences majors or current UC students working with Medical Sciences faculty.
  • Preference for students that have an established connection with a research mentor.
  • Check the Medical Sciences Research Bulletin or with Medical Sciences Advising Staff to learn which labs may have opportunities.


  • SURF-MedEx has limited funds to support students and will work with mentors to understand their sources of student funding.
  • SURF-MedEx can offer many students the chance to join, however, through volunteer positions. Once a student is accepted, the SURF MedEx team will work directly with the student and their mentor to agree upon a funding status (volunteer or stipend) before agreeing to join the program.

    Why SURF MedEx?

    • Research Opportunities: Engage in hands-on, impactful research, working closely with an experienced faculty mentor.
    • Professional Development: Learn directly from Physicians and Physician Scientists through workshops, seminars, and networking events aimed at preparing you for a successful career in medicine.
    • Community: Weekly meetings and professional development opportunities with your fellow SURF MedEx students provides a community that fosters collaboration and supports you throughout your summer research journey.

    Important Dates

    • Program Start Date: May 28th or June 3rd, TBD
    • Program End Date: August 2nd TBD

    Contact Information

    For inquiries and additional information, please contact Scott Vennemeyer, Program Coordinator for SURF MedEx.

    Scott Vennemeyer

    Scott M. Vennemeyer

    Graduate Assistant

    Biomedical Informatics | College of Medicine

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