Summer Undergraduate Research Programs at the College of Medicine

Penn State College of Medicine offers summer undergraduate research programs for college undergraduate students who are curious about careers in the biological sciences.

Penn State College of Medicine is committed to equal opportunity and maximizing our diversity, and thus encourages applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, or persons who represent the first generation in their family to attend college.

Several of the programs have applicant restrictions.  Please review the requirements for each program before submitting your application.  You will only be able to submit an application for one program. 

Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program (SURIP)

SURIP is designed for college students who are interested in pursuing a career in the biological sciences. The typical intern will be between their sophomore and senior year of undergraduate studies.  SURIP interns have been hosted from over 80 undergraduate institutions and have been placed in over 20 departments at the College of Medicine.  SURIP would be most appropriate for students considering application to PhD programs in the biomedical sciences and is not intended for students who will apply to medical school.  Students that are undecided or interested in combined degrees are welcome to apply.  To learn more about the SURIP program, program schedules and deadlines, please click hereAPPLY NOW.

SURF – American Heart Association – Emphasis in Cardiovascular Research

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – Basic or clinical research laboratory focused on cardiovascular research.  Applicants should address their career goals and their interest in cardiovascular research.  APPLY NOW.


Introduction of a Novel Tiered Research Experience Promoting Inclusion and Diversity.  This is a 2-consecutive summer program.  Only current freshmen and sophomore underrepresented students are eligible.  APPLY NOW


Short-Term Educational Program for Underrepresented Persons.  STEP-UP is a National Consortium that places students across the country, including the Penn State Hershey campus.  APPLY NOW.

CURE – PA Dept of Health – Emphasis on Behavioral and Molecular Aspects of Addiction

Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement – Collaborative initiative with Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.  Only Lincoln University students are eligible.  APPLY NOW.


Only students enrolled in the Eberly College of Science the Penn State University Park campus are eligible.  Targeted at students underrepresented in clinical and biomedical sciences.  APPLY NOW.

Schreyer Honors College – MD/PhD Summer Exposure Program

Program for outstanding students (rising freshmen and sophomores) in the Shreyer Honors College who are interested in becoming a physician-scientist, including a mentored research experience and weekly clinical exposure sessions.