Summer Undergraduate Alcohol Research Program (SUARP)

The Department of Internal Medicine has a critical mass of National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism-funded investigators who have created a separate summer undergraduate research program that focuses on alcohol research. Students who elect to participate in SUARP will participate in all SURP activities complemented by a seminar series hosted by the faculty of the Alcohol Interest Group (AIG) and a journal club organized for the alcohol research students.

This program includes a $4,000 stipend and funding for transportation. Minority students are encouraged to apply. 

Please indicate your interest in SUARP within your essay.

View topics from the 2018 SUARP program.

Application Requirements

  1. Complete the online application form
    1. To be considered, applicants must have completed one year of college by the time they would participate in the program.
    2. Seniors who will have graduated by the time the program starts are discouraged from applying.
  2. Submit a one-page essay including:
    1. Your long-term career goals
    2. How you believe a research experience will assist you in your career
    3. Any prior research experience you have had
    4. Your expectations of the Summer Undergraduate Alcohol Research Program
    5. Your interest in SUARP or SURP
  3. Submit a transcript from the college(s)/university(ies) you have attended (this can be an unofficial copy- include your name)
  4. Submit a resume including education, experience and extracurricular activities
  5. Submit at least one letter of reference from a faculty member at the institution you are attending

Expectations for Students

  1. Students who apply must realize, if accepted to the program, they are committing to work a 40-hour work week for 10 weeks.
  2. Attendance at educational seminars is an expected part of this program.
  3. The program culminates with a mandatory poster session at which student's efforts and findings are presented for faculty, staff, family and peers to view.


Housing funds may be available on a needs based assessment.  Students outside of the Omaha area needing housing should check the SURP site's Housing page.

Students who are interested in participating in this specialized program should submit an application online at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Summer Undergraduate Research Program website.

Contact the number below if you have further questions regarding an application to the Department of Internal Medicine.

Shannon Thomsen
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
983332 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska 68198-3332
Telephone: 402/559-4875