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Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) offers outstanding undergraduate students the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on cutting-edge biomedical research projects. Participants in this 9-week program are to perform at a graduate student level. Students are placed with faculty members whose research is closely related to the academic interests and professional goals of the students. Students work with faculty on an individual basis or as part of a research team. Research teams may also include graduate students, post docs, research scientists, and other SURP students.

During the 9-week program, participants will be taught important research skills and techniques. In addition, there is a mandatory seminar series component to the program with tracks in Cardiovascular Biology, Cancer Biology, Neuroscience, and Marine BioMedical Environmental Health. SURP participants are expected to pursue substantive research projects over the course of the program and are required to make a full-time commitment (at least 40 hours per week) to their research as guided by their faculty research mentor. Students will be required to write a research paper summarizing their projects and will also be required to make a presentation to their fellow SURP students, faculty mentors, and others at the end of the program.   

Students participating in SURP are registered for CGS 761-Laboratory Observation and Apprenticeship, a 15-hour course that appears on a Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) transcript. Tuition is waived for the SURP participants.


  • US citizens or permanent residents
  • Undergraduates with a very strong interest in biosciences and biomedical research
  • Have completed at least two full years of college course work, or else have been involved in significant research opportunities, by the time the internship begins
  • Enrolled full time and in good standing in a baccalaureate program at the time of application
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. A cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher is preferred

Stipend information: Interns will receive a living allowance of $400/week for a total maximum of $4,000.

This program does not pay for travel/housing/meals, but a $200 subsidy is available and intended to defray cost of travel to Charleston from a distance of at least 60 miles at the start and end of the program. Students are paid via either stipend support or payroll depending on the source of their funding. Students whose living allowance is paid via payroll will be paid biweekly and will have taxes withheld from their checks. The tax can be reimbursed from the IRS upon submitting a tax return. Students whose living allowance is paid via stipend will receive two checks - one after the third week of the program for half of the total living allowance and one on the last day of the program for the second half. All student participants should come prepared to support themselves during the first four weeks of the program.

Duration: 9-weeks, from June 1st to July 31st.

To Apply:

  • Application form
  • An official transcript of all college work (from each institution attended)
  • Two academic letters of recommendation (preferably from faculty familiar with science coursework)

All documents should be mailed to:

Stephanie Brown-Guion, MSM
Director, Summer Programs
MUSC College of Graduate Studies, Dean's Ofc
68 President St., Room BE 101
MSC 501
Charleston, SC 29425 -5010

For more information, contact Stephanie Brown-Guion or visit

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