Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

Experiential Learning with SURP

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) helps aspiring biomedical scientists gain significant experience and guide them in deciding if a life in research aligns with their professional goals. It serves as a stepping stone from undergraduate studies to advanced PhD training in the biological and biomedical sciences. Participants engage in an intensive 10-week program designed to provide hands-on experience in biomedical research, together with guidance on how to plan for a research-related career. 

Six graduate programs in the Pitt School of Medicine sponsor SURP and mentors are amongst more than 200 training faculty in these PhD training programs:

SURP-2022 will run from May 23, 2022 through July 29, 2022.


Apply to SURP

2022 Deadlines
  • Early application receipt deadline:  Tuesday, February 1, 2022
  • Final application deadline: Tuesday, March 1, 2022
  • Applicants will be notified by email between February 21 – March 31, 2022 whether they are accepted, placed on a wait list, or declined. 
  • Students who are accepted must accept or decline the SURP offer within 10 days.
Confirm Eligibility
  • Applicants must have completed their sophomore or junior year of undergraduate training before the start of the program.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 ("B") or higher.  Strong performance in science, math, and related coursework is especially important.
  • Students from all groups that are under-represented in science are encouraged to apply. 
  • Applicants must be undergraduate students currently enrolled full-time at a U.S. college or university.
  • International applicants will be required to provide official authorization for Optional Practical Training (OPT) from their home institution, prior to their arrival in Pittsburgh. 

Participation Policy

SURP will begin with orientation on May 23 and end with final presentations on July 29,2022. All fellows must be available to begin and end their participation on these dates.

Fellows will have mentors and projects assigned to them by the program committee and are expected to work in the laboratory full-time throughout the 10-week program. Vacation days will not be permitted unless pre-approved by the faculty mentor. 

Explore Funding
  • A stipend of at least $3,500 will typically be paid in 2 installments. 
  • The availability of University on campus housing is unclear at this time due to COVID-19. We will update this page as things change.
  • Travel expenses up to $500 will be reimbursed. Fellows will be responsible for their own meals and other expenses.

How do I get to campus from the airport?

If you are coming by air, when you arrive at the airport proceed to the “Ground Transportation” area. Your options to get to Pitt are:

Port Authority public bus service, 28X Airport Flyer, about $2.75 cash one-way. This stops at Forbes Ave. and Bouquet St., near the dorm. For a schedule of times and stops, go to Port Authority and select 28X-Airport Flyer, inbound. You must handle your own luggage on & off the shuttle. Taxicab, ~$50 from airport to Pitt campus. You can call Peoples Cab at (412) 441-3200 or Yellow Cab at (412) 321-8100 UBER

Is there a packet of Welcome Information that I should expect to receive as part of this program?

Welcome Information will be emailed to you.

I want to bring a car, what can you tell me about parking on campus?

Students living in the residence hall can purchase Parking Permits. The cost is $5 per day M-F and free on weekends (i.e., approximately $240 for the 10 weeks of the summer program). When you arrive on campus, the Posvar Parking Garage is located near Bouquet Gardens. Interested students should contact Amanda Axelson.

How do I get around town if I don't have a car?

The campus is small enough (132 acres) to navigate from end to end on foot. Plus, the campus shuttle and van call system can get you anywhere on campus you may want to go 24/7. And, if there is something going on off campus, like shopping, a concert or show, students can ride public transportation throughout the county by purchasing a Connect Card

Are there other links I would find useful?

ID Center
Bouquet Gardens Apartments
Scaife Hall
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) (Hillman Cancer Center)
School of Medicine
Cellomics Building
John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center

COVID-19 Notice
  • Research at the University of Pittsburgh is continuing and thus SURP participants will be able to partake in lab-based research during the summer of 2022.
  • While we welcome applications for SURP 2022, students should be aware of the possibility of University housing not being provided, although we are doing our best to secure housing. To help us plan better, please indicate in your personal statement whether your participation is contingent on University housing or whether you would be able to arrange your own housing locally.
  • All SURP participants will be required to adhere to University-mandated COVID-19 precautions. These may include, but are not limited to, a period of self-isolation, mask wearing, social distancing and random virus testing.