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Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

*The SURE 2022 application cycle has closed*

Due to evolving concerns related to COVID-19, our program may be modified and/or canceled. Please continue to monitor this website for further updates. 

About the Program

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The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is a summer internship program designed to train undergraduate students in biomedical science research.  During the 10 week program, selected participants are assigned a mentor, placed in a laboratory, and are provided a hands-on opportunity to train and learn more about our degree programs in the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences

Application Process and Requirements

Please read the instructions and eligibility requirements thoroughly before starting your application. Along with the application, the student is required to submit the following:

  • Names and valid e-mail addresses for two faculty recommendations
  • Scanned copy of current unofficial transcripts
Click here to review the application process, eligibility requirements, and to submit an application to the UMMC SURE program.


The 10-week summer program begins Monday, June 6, 2022, and ends Friday, August 12, 2022. At the end of the 10 weeks, a celebratory award ceremony is held in which students give oral and poster presentations on their research.

Financial Information

Participants receive a stipend of $4,000 and are required to work the full 10 weeks of this program.


Complete applications with faculty recommendations must be received by Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022 in order to be considered eligible for consideration.


  • Jessie Bowman
    Director of Discovery U Programs
    School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences
    (601) 984-1199

Instructions for Remote Fingerprinting, Hep B/HIV Form, & Agreement for Educational and Research Visitors

For those who are accepted to the SURE program, who are unable to travel to UMMC for required fingerprinting, please click here to learn more about remote fingerprinting options. 

Please click here to access the required Hep B/HIV form for onboarding. Once completed, this form must be uploaded to the ENEPAR Health portal

Lastly, for those who are accepted to the SURE program, please complete the attached Agreement for Educational and Research Visitors and submit the completed form using this link. 

SURE Participant Quotes from Past Years

"My favorite thing was learning how to perform different protocols throughout the summer. I came in not knowing how to work a pipette and in a short amount of time, I was performing procedures on my own. I even got the chance to edit and rewrite a protocol."

"My mentor and others in my lab were amazing! They were so supportive and really cared about my experience here. I also got a chance to learn more about the clinical integration of research as oppososed to pure bench science." 

" I love the immersion into research. I found it eye-opening to see what it takes to get a doctorate. It was interesting to learn a multitude of techniques and work with rats." 

" It was an eye opening learning experience. I was able to work hands on with some amazing team mates and I [walked] away with a new eye for research" 

"I loved the work and the environment I was in. I felt like I learned a lot and had a lot of fun doing it"