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About the SURF Program

This program is open to all undergraduate students who are interested in seeking future training in a combined M.D./Ph.D. program or an academically oriented career in medicine, with a strong focus on applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who have contributed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

SURF Program Features

  • UC San Diego SURF is an 8-week summer research fellowship designed to provide undergraduate students with hands-on training in the labs of biomedical science faculty
  • The program provides career development opportunities and clinical shadowing expereinces aimed at equipping students with the skills and knowledge needed to evaluate and shape their future careers as Physician-Scientists (M.D./Ph.D.)
  • Weekly seminars/workshops
  • Presentation of your work at the Annual MSTP-SURF Research Symposium
  • A stipend for the 8-week period
  • Housing accomodations (not board) for the 8-week period
  • Travel allowance for transportation to and from San Diego

Contact Us

If you have questions about the 2024 SURF program, contact us at or visit our FAQ page.