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Program Features

This program is designed for motivated undergraduate students from groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to be underrepresented in health sciences on a national basis and who are interested in seeking future training in a combined MD/PhD program or an academically oriented career in medicine.

Please see the NSF Guidelines:


  • Principal focus is an 8-week research project conducted in the laboratory of a faculty member in the biomedical sciences
  • Weekly seminars
  • A physician-scientist clinical shadowing experience
  • Career development seminars
  • Presentation of your work at the UCSD Summer Research Conference


  • Stipend for the eight-week period - $1600/month
  • Includes room (not board)
  • $500 Travel allowance for transportation to and from San Diego

Please visit the FAQ page for additional information about the SURF Program.