Summer Biology Internships for Undergraduates

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Summer Biology Internships for Undergraduates
Summer biology internships offer great experiences to students. (young researcher image by Nadezda Karaseva from

For biology students looking to go further within their program, use their knowledge in a hands-on setting and conduct extensive research, summer opportunities are available. Such internship research programs will allow the students to immerse themselves in biology and learn from esteemed professionals within the field. However, internships are competitive and prospective students are expected to take the internship opportunities seriously.

Rockefeller University

Rockefeller University offers the Rockefeller University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for undergraduate students majoring in the sciences, including biology. According to Rockefeller University, "SURF students work with leading scientists in a broad range of areas including biochemistry; structural biology and chemistry; molecular, cell and developmental biology; immunology; virology and microbiology; neuroscience; physics; and mathematical biology." The 2010 deadline for applications was February 1, and applications could be found online. Out of around 500 applicants, only approximately 15 students are selected, making the program highly competitive. As part of the fellowship, students receive a £1,950 stipend, with free housing being provided for those students who cannot commute. During the fellowship students will conduct and present extensive research and work on projects with faculty. More information can be obtained at:

Office of Graduate Studies

The Rockefeller University

1230 York Avenue, Box 177

New York, NY 10065


Albert Einstein Program

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), which is designated for 50 exceptional undergraduate students to build on their existing knowledge of Biology. The program is designed for rising seniors, but on rare occasions exceptional sophomores can apply. The 2010 dates for the program are from June 9 to August 6. Applications can be submitted online, with all materials being sent to the email address listed below. While attending the program, students will participate in group sessions where research is discussed, and participate in workshops focused on career planning. Those select few chosen as participants of the program are awarded a £1,950 stipend, free housing, and a maximum of £325 for travelling expenses for those students living outside the state of New York. More information can be obtained at:

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

1300 Morris Park Ave - Belfer 203

Bronx, NY 10461


Cold Spring Harbor

The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) also has established a summer undergraduate research program. About 25 students from all over the world are invited to intern within the laboratory. While there, the students will "work with Laboratory staff on independent research projects in the mentor's field of expertise -- specifically in the areas of cancer biology, neurobiology, plant biology, cell biology, genetics, molecular and structural biology, or computational biology." The purpose of conducting the research is to present their work at an annual Symposium esteemed scientists from all over the world. The program is open to rising junior and senior students, and those chosen receive a £2,600 stipend over the duration of the 10-week program. Applications can be found online.

Watson School of Biological Sciences

Undergraduate Research Program

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

One Bungtown Road

Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Phone: 516-367-6890

Emory's SURE Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Emory (SURE) allows biology majors to increase their research abilities while being directly monitored by an Emory faculty member. "Students receive training in the research methods applicable to their research plan, analyse their data and create written and oral presentations of their results," according to the program's website. The program is primarily for college sophomores, juniors, and seniors, but first-year students are also eligible to apply. Application materials can be downloaded from the SURE program website, and should be delivered directly to the program office. Student chosen for the program receive a £2,275 stipend for the 10 week program, with campus housing being awarded within the stipend. SURE program 2010 dates are June 1 to August 6.

SURE Program

c/o Center for Science Education

Emory University

1399 Oxford Rd.

Atlanta, GA 30322


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