Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program

Our Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program is designed 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 2014 would be most appropriate for students considering application to PhD programs in the Biomedical Sciences and is not intended for students who will 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 2014 program on December 6, 2013.  The application deadline for the Summer 2014 program is February 10, 2014.

The program is intended for college students who have completed their Sophomore or Junior year, and it runs for 10 weeks.

Details of the SURIP:

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Apply to the Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program (SURIP). (application opens on 12/6/13 and closes at 12 noon on 2/10/14)

We will accept up to 15 students in the Summer 2014 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.

The following lists of Faculty Mentors include those who participated in the programs in 2013.  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.  The faculty participating in the 2014 program will be listed when this information becomes available.

Arthur Berg  
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.
Glen Gerhard Identifying Genetic Variants that Underlie the Susceptibility to Common and Clinically Important Conditions
Sergei Grigoryev Chromatin Structure and Function
Gene Lengerich Distance-based learning, public health, and epidemiologic research
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.


SURIP Director

The Director of SURIP is Dr. Gail Matters

The members of the SURIP Advisory Board are:

For more information contact Kathy Simon at

Interns will receive a stipend of $3,000. 

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.

Apply to the Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program (SURIP). (Application opens on December 6, 2013 and closes at 12 noon on February 10, 2014)