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Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

**2020 SURE Program Update from Dr. Michael Ryan, Associate Dean - School of Graduate Studies : Regrettably, the 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Programs at UMMC are now canceled. Although this news is disappointing, our first priority is the safety and well-being of all participants. Students who still meet the eligibility requirements next year will be given priority for acceptance to the program, pending funding availability. **

About the program

SURE program logo.pgnThe School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences has established an internship program for training undergraduate students in the biomedical sciences. Interns are given hands-on experience in a biomedical laboratory and are encouraged to apply to PhD programs.

The SURE students are placed in laboratories at UMMC under the mentorship of a biomedical researcher. In addition to the laboratory experience, students attend seminars and discussions aimed at enhancing their understanding of the current status of biomedical research and the career opportunities available. Students may also participate in weekly journal clubs and seminars, as well as taking part in various social and networking activities.

This program is open to students who have excelled in high school or in their undergraduate years in college. Applicants who are residents of the state of Mississippi are strongly encouraged to apply.

Students may work with faculty on cutting-edge research in the following disciplines:

  • Autoimmune diseases  
  • Biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Biomaterial synthesis and characterization
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cell signaling
  • Cognitive function and dementia
  • Computational medicine
  • Depression and substance abuse
  • Diabetes
  • Disease causes and therapeutics
  • Genetics and gene medicine
  • Genomic technology and gene editing
  • Host-Pathogen interaction
  • Hypertension
  • Immune regulation
  • Infectious disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Materials synthesis/characterization
  • Neurosciences
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy and fetal complications
  • Proteomics
  • Systems biology
  • Sensory-motor systems
  • Women's health

Graduate programs:

  • Biomedical Materials Science
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Anatomy
  • Medical Pharmacology
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pathology
  • Physiology and Biophysics


The 10-week summer program begins Tuesday, May 26, 2020, and ends Friday, July 31, 2020. At the end of the 10 weeks, a celebratory award ceremony is held in which students give oral and poster presentations on their research.

Application process and requirements

Please read the application processing instructions 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 transcripts

Financial information

The students receive a stipend of $4,000.


Applications must be received by Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020.


  • Jessica Bowman
    Project Manager
    School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences
    (601) 984-1195