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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics at the University of Kansas Medical Center offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program is a basic research internship offered during the summer (June 10 - August 16, 2024). Undergraduate students accepted into the program will perform basic research in pharmacology and especially toxicology in the Department while studying interactions between biological systems and chemical agents. Each student will work in the laboratory of an individual member of the faculty. The program also includes weekly discussion sessions with faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and current toxicology graduate students. The SURF program will conclude with presentations by the participating students highlighting their research work conducted in the program.

Aside from gaining experience in basic biomedical research and being introduced to the discipline of pharmacology and toxicology and presenting data in a typical graduate student seminar setting, each summer intern will receive a stipend (does not include room and board; there is no student housing available on the KU Medical Center Campus) throughout the 10-week program, following the KU Medical Center payroll schedule.

Who can apply?

Undergraduate students who are US Citizens or Permanent Residents with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The most competitive applications are those from students interested in graduate study (PhD or MD/PhD) in toxicology and currently majoring in Chemistry, Biology, Pharmacy or related disciplines who are completing their sophomore or junior years in college. Undergraduate students of an underrepresented ethnic background (African-American, Hispanic-American, Native-American) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Completed applications need to be received by: March 17, 2024

How to apply

Forward a letter describing your background, educational experience and career goals, including a statement regarding your interest in pharmacology and toxicology research. College transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) and two letters of recommendation from faculty familiar with your academic abilities and career plans are also required (can be emailed by the faculty directly to Fill out the application (available in pdf below) and include your current and permanent address, e-mail address, phone number, and birth date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

These materials should be received (by email) at the address below no later than March 17, 2024 midnight. We will notify you whether you have been accepted in early April 2024.

The University of Kansas Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.

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Correspondence and Information:

Anup Ramachandran, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics
The University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd., Mail Stop 1018
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-9184

Application in Fillable PDF Format

School of Medicine

The University of Kansas Medical Center
Pharmacology, Toxicology & Therapeutics
Mailstop 1018
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160