Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows

Scripps Research's ten-week Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) internship program offers students the opportunity to experience cutting-edge research in one of our 220 laboratories while being mentored by our world-renowned faculty. The program is held on both our La Jolla, California and Jupiter, Florida campuses.

Unlike in traditional college classes where the course of study is entirely determined by the instructor, participants in Scripps Research's SURF Program identify their area of interest and are matched with a faculty mentor. Together the student and mentor craft a research project. The student will work on that project under the supervision of a graduate student, postdoc or another member of the lab for a few weeks, until the student is comfortable with the project. Then the student will be expected to work independently.

Students are expected to work full-time in the laboratory and participate in weekly academic and research seminars.

Weekly seminars include:

  • "Career Options for PhDs" seminar;
  • "Life as a Graduate Student" seminar given by Scripps Research graduate students;
  • "Lab Techniques" presentation, where students explain why the technique was chosen, the reagents, the methods, the expected results, and often the pitfalls and/or troubleshooting they encountered in learning and mastering the technique;
  • GRE preparation classes; and
  • "Hot Topics in Science" presentation, where students present the background, the methods, figures/graphs, conclusions and most importantly, their interpretation of the research presented in the paper.

At the end of the summer, students will give an oral presentation of their research at the Summer Student Symposium. The entire Scripps Research campus is invited to view the research accomplishments of the SURF students. This provides another excellent opportunity for SURF program participants to hone their public speaking and networking skills.

Students receive a stipend of $5,000 and on-campus housing at a nearby university or college.

June 6 to August 12, 2022 (10 weeks)

February 15 (annually)

On the Florida campus, all participants must start and end on the specified dates, while on the California campus, start and end dates are flexible and can be adjusted based on a participant's schedule. All participants must complete 10 weeks.

Scripps Research and the University of Florida (UF), a top-10 public university, have reached an agreement regarding the Scripps Research campus in Jupiter, Florida (“Scripps Florida”), distinct from the California campus. The integration of Scripps Florida into the University of Florida’s academic health center, UF Health, will take effect this spring and will combine both organizations’ complementary strengths in biomedical research and education.

The 2022 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) and Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs will operate on the Scripps Florida campus as they have in previous years. For 2022, Scripps Research will oversee the admissions and daily operation of the summer programs, in laboratories now led by Scripps Research-affiliated UF Health Science Center faculty members. Many SURF/REU summer interns will be mentored by Scripps Research graduate students in these laboratories, as the Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences at Scripps Research will continue to oversee bicoastal coursework and research training for doctoral students enrolled in the program.