Program dates for Summer 2019: May 28, 2019 to August 2, 2019
The MUSC Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is a 10-week research and educational based program run by the College of Graduate Studies on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina. The purpose of the SURP is to promote access to graduate education and to enhance specific skills that are required for success in a subsequent M.S., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. MUSC offers this valuable opportunity to academically talented and motivated students who confirm a strong interest in graduate and/or doctoral studies.
Trainees accepted to the MUSC SURP are matched with a graduate faculty mentor whose research focus is as close to the trainees’ interests as possible. However, our primary goal is to provide you with a research experience in an area of the biomedical sciences that will not only give you a broad view into the world of a researcher, but also enhance your scientific perspective and provide you with important “hands on” experience beyond what you receive in your undergraduate curriculum. In addition to working with a faculty mentor, our trainees are supported by a research team. This team may consist of graduate students, post docs, medical students, research scientists and other undergraduate or high school students.
As an MUSC SURP trainee you are enrolled in the course CGS 761 “Laboratory Observation and Apprenticeship” and will receive 15 credit hours on an MUSC transcript after successfully completing the SURP program. Students returning for a second summer receive 10 credit hours.
Social Events and Sense of Community
Financial Support and Housing
Applicants must be:
The core of the summer experience is an individual investigative research project conducted in the laboratory of a faculty member. Applicants will be asked to choose three areas of particular interest from the list below; every effort will be made to match SURP participants with a laboratory whose work is focused in one of the priority areas.
The online application opens 8:00am October 30, 2017 and closes 11:59pm January 31, 2019.
The application includes demographic information. You must provide all information in this area, including phone numbers and two separate e-mail addresses. You will also write a 500 word personal statement that answers the following:
***This statement will be evaluated closely in our selection process
2. Two academic letters of recommendation from faculty at your current school who are familiar with your science coursework are required. These letters must be written on the school’s letterhead and signed by the faculty recommender. You will be required to provide the names and e-mail addresses of two (2) faculty who will write your recommendation letters at the time you submit your online application. A link will be sent to the recommender to attach their letter. **It is your responsibility to follow up with your faculty recommender; we do not let applicants know if letters are received.
3. Official transcript of all college work (from each institution attended). Only official transcripts are accepted. MUSC SURP does not accept unsealed (opened) transcripts. If you send an unofficial transcript your application will be considered incomplete and you will not be considered for review.
Transcripts can be sent electronically from your registrar’s office. If your school does not offer electronic transcript submissions, please send your official transcript via regular mail, express mail or FedEx: transcripts must be received by the application deadline
Mail transcripts to:
Ms. Stephanie Brown-Guion, MSM
Director of MUSC Summer Programs
68 President St MSC 501
Charleston, SC 29425
The deadline for the receipt of ALL APPLICATION materials is January 31, 2018 . No exceptions will be made
Our goal is to notify applicants of their acceptance to the program by mid-April.
After all notices of acceptance are made, applicants will be required to submit additional information. A packet of forms will be e-mailed to you and must be completed and returned upon receipt. You will be required to agree to a criminal background check and a drug screen test in accordance with the offices of MUSC HR and Risk Management. Failure to pass these will result in an automatic rescinding of your acceptance into the MUSC SURP program.