University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

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PICS Organization Name
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

City/State
Dallas, Texas

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
To provide an intensive research training experience that leads to an understanding of the planning, discipline, teamwork, and techniques involved in answering clinically important questions from a basic science perspective in stem cell-related research. Fellows will pursue individual research projects under the direction of a member of the graduate school faculty. Lectures, journal clubs, and seminars will complement the research experience.


Fellows gain experience in modern research techniques and plan and execute an experimental strategy to answer a scientific question. SURF-Stem Cell 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-Stem Cell Program, fellows present their research during a poster session.

The specific project will be determined with research mentor.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$450 10 6/7/21 - 8/13/21 8:00 am 5:00 pm No Yes Yes, Global Health Policy Yes

Internship Qualifications

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

Additional Info
Preparation of lab work may extend beyond typical work hours.
There will be a few meetings with other graduate students of the SURF program - dinner, poster session
A background check is required.
If international students, visas will need to be cleared

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

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