University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
UT Southwestern Medical Center


Dallas, Texas

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Min Ji Suh '18, Jesse Chou '18

Organization Description
The story of UT Southwestern Medical Center is one of commitment to excellence, dedication to discovery, and service to the community. It's also a story of phenomenal growth, fueled by exceptional people with an extraordinary vision: to establish an academic medical center second to none. Since its formation in 1943, Southwestern Medical School has grown from a small wartime medical college into UT Southwestern Medical Center, a multifaceted academic institution nationally recognized for its excellence in educating physicians, biomedical scientists, and health care personnel.

Mission Statement:

  • To improve health care in our community, Texas, our nation, and the world through innovation and education
  • To educate the next generation of leaders in patient care, biomedical science, and disease prevention
  • To conduct high-impact, internationally recognized research
  • To deliver patient care that brings UT Southwestern Medical Center’s scientific advances to the bedside – focusing on quality, safety, and service

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at UT Southwestern's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is an intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. careers in biomedical research. Fellows spend 10 weeks (beginning in early June and ending mid-August) pursuing individual research projects in the laboratories of Graduate School faculty members. Fellows gain experience in modern research techniques and plan and execute an experimental strategy to answer a scientific question. SURF introduces students to the kinds of projects encountered during postgraduate research training and fosters an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of answers to current questions in the biological sciences. At the end of the SURF Program, fellows present their research during a poster session.

Internship Description
The specific project will be determined with research mentor.

Internship Qualifications

  • Basic science knowledge 
  • Interest in neurology or study of neurodegeneration 

Expected Start Time
8:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
6/4/18 - 8/10/18

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement
Yes, Global Health Policy

Additional Info
Preparation of lab work may extend beyond typical work hours.
A background check is required.

Evaluation Excerpt

I think it was just incredible to be doing the exact thing that I've always wanted to do. I was honored to have been selected to join Dr. Marc Diamond's lab this summer, learning more about tauopathies, designing experiments to reduce tau aggregates, helping my postdoc with various tasks around the lab.
—Min Ji Suh '18

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program