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SURIP Cohort Summer 2015

The SURIP program is intended for college students who are interested in pursuing a career in the biological sciences.  The typical intern will be between their Sophomore and Junior year or between their Junior and Senior year of undergraduate studies.  Students who will have a BA or BS prior to the start of the internship should not apply.

SURIP 2016 is most appropriate for students considering application to Ph.D. programs in the Biomedical Sciences and is not intended for students who plan to apply to medical school.  There is no clinical shadowing component to the internship.  Students that are undecided or interested in combined degrees are welcome to apply.

We will begin accepting applications for the Summer 2016 program on December 4, 2015.  The application deadline for the Summer 2016 program is February 2, 2016 at 12 noon.

10 Week-Experience for Summer 2016 (May 31 – August 5, 2016)
Important Dates

December 4, 2015 Applications Open
February 2, 2016 (12 Noon) Application Deadline
May 31, 2016 Start of Internship
August 3, 2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium
August 5, 2016 End of Internship

Details of the Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program (SURIP):
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Apply to the Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program (SURIP)

We will accept up to 15 students in the Summer 2016 program.  Intern selections will be made by the Program Director and the Advisory Board.  Selections will be based on scholarship, the personal reference letter and an evaluation of the student’s interests.

Interns will receive $3,000 (prior to taxes and rent) for the summer.

Interns invited to participate in the Program may elect to live on campus in our housing facilities.  The charge for the first month is covered by the program with the remaining charges paid by the intern ($513/month).  More information about our housing facilities can be found on the housing website

The Director of SURIP is Dr. Gail Matters.  Dr. Matters is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and is actively involved in graduate education.


The following list of Faculty Mentors includes those who participated in the programs in 2015. To learn more about research conducted by these investigators and their expertise, click on the name of the investigator.  This will direct you to their entry in our Penn State Profiles system.

Keith Cheng Using zebrafish to probe the function of human genes and to validate links between human genetic polymorphisms and disease
James Broach Cellular responses to environmental and nutritional signals; systems biology of cell growth and behavior
Alison Chetlen and Susan Schetter Novel Imaging Modality for Breast Screening
John Flanagan Structural biology and biophysics of the assembly and regulation of protein complexes
Sergei Grigoryev Chromatin Structure and Function
Leslie Parent Molecular mechanisms of retrovirus genomic RNA packaging and virus assembly
Christopher Siedlecki Protein Function at Biomaterial Interfaces
Tom Spratt Enzymology of DNA Repair and Mutagenesis
Greg Yochum Wnt/beta-catenin signaling in intestinal homeostasis and disease

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