Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Welcome to the UNMC Summer Undergraduate Research Program! The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is an academic health science center with a major focus on research. The UNMC Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is a collaboration between UNMC departments, institutes, colleges, student services, and graduate specialty areas to provide summer opportunities for undergraduate students to become members of research teams and discover first-hand the broad spectrum of research activities occurring at UNMC.

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Each summer (depending on available funding), there are 80-100 positions available for talented undergraduate students. These full-time research positions are primarily in research laboratories where students work with team members on an ongoing research project. SURP students attend weekly seminars provided by UNMC researchers to enhance their knowledge about research careers, and the variety of research at UNMC, and their laboratory experience will enhance their competitiveness for admission to graduate programs at UNMC.

Are you ready for a challenge?

Want to spend your summer in a state of the art research laboratory as a team member -- using and expanding your scientific knowledge and skills, and learning more about health care/research career options?

Want to see what the competition looks like?

Each summer the University of Nebraska Medical Center research faculty hosts approximately 100 undergraduate students interested in health care/research careers for 9-12 week full-time research placements.

Students receive a stipend, weekly enrichment seminars, and an introduction to an academic health science center.  Opportunities to receive housing and roundtrip airfare varies by department. 

Summer 2014

The dates for the SURP program this year are: June 2, 2014 to August 8, 2014. (Please note that the program dates for each area may differ.)

Selection Requirements:

  • Academically talented students interested in pursuing healthcare, science, and/or research careers.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.4 in the sciences.
  • U.S. citizen or holding permanent resident visa.
  • Background of educational or economic disadvantage is encouraged.
  • Completion of science course(s) beyond general biology or chemistry (e.g., organic chemistry, microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, statistics, etc.) is encouraged.

Application Deadline: March 1
To apply to this program, visit the Application Page and follow the instructions.

Here’s what former summer students have said about the program:

  • "The time I spent in the lab really gave me a more critical scientific opinion, as this has been made mention of by my professors, especially in my writing for my classes."
  • "The techniques I learned in the lab have really helped me in my analytical lab this fall."
  • "I'm much better organized and comfortable in lab, and my lab reports show it."
  • "Used information on medical ethics in two of my classes this fall."
  • "Met new friends and we’re keeping in touch and helping one another this semester."

Contact Information
For more information contact:

Channing Bunch, M.B.A.
Director, Recruitment and Student Engagement
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Phone: 402-559-3809