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Natural and biological sciences

The Quantitative and Physical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (QP-SURF) Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is an intensive summer research training experience for college students preparing for Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. careers in biomedical research. Fellows spend 10 weeks (early June through mid-August) pursuing individual research projects in the laboratories of Graduate School faculty members.

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QP-SURF fellows at work in a UT Southwestern research lab.

Fellows gain experience in modern research techniques and plan and execute an experimental strategy to answer a scientific question. The QP-SURF Program introduces students to the kinds of projects encountered during postgraduate research training and fosters an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of answers to current questions at the interface of quantitative science and basic biomedical research. At the end of QP-SURF, fellows present their research in a poster session. 

In addition to laboratory research, fellows attend weekly seminars given by UT Southwestern faculty members. Informal discussions about careers in science and graduate training are also scheduled.

Approximately 10 fellows participate in the summer research program. Fellows are assigned to a laboratory and research project according to their previous training and research interests.

Research areas include:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Computational Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Systems Biology

Natural and biological sciences majors with a broad range of biomedical research should apply to the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program.

Physical science, mathematics, biomedical engineering, and chemistry majors should consider the Quantitative and Physical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Fellowship (QP-SURF) Program or the QP-SURF Chemistry Program.

Natural and biological sciences majors who have an interest in stem cell and regenerative medicine should apply to SURF-Stem Cell Program.