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How to Apply

Apply to SURF 2024

To apply for the SURF program, follow these 3 steps:

  1. Complete the SURF Application
  2. Submit the following in a single PDF within the application portal:
    • Personal statement essay (1–2 pages) describing the following insights:
      • A brief description of your most meaningful research experience and future career goals
      • Why you are interested in the MSTP-SURF program
      • Challenges/obstacles you have had to overcome in your life and academic career
    • University/college transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  3. Provide 2 letters of recommendation:
    • Ask 2 recommenders email their letters of recommendation to: with the subject line: "[Applicant Last] _ [First Name] - SURF 2024 - Letter of Recommendation"


The deadline to apply to this program is February 2, 2024.

Program Address & Contact

UC San Diego SURF Program
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0661
La Jolla, CA 92093-0661