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University of Nebraska Medical Center

Participating Departments

SURP Program Partners

The following UNMC departments accept students through SURP each year.

Anesthesiology

Program Type: Biomedical Research & Clinical Research
Participants: High school ($1,500 stipend), undergraduate ($3,000 stipend), medical students ($4,000 stipend)

In this program you will:

  • Broaden your scientific knowledge and awareness in basic, preclinical, and clinical research
  • Gain hands-on experience in the state of the art laboratories
  • Participate in weekly seminar program to enrich scientific learning and presentation skills
  • Interact with both basic and clinician scientists in the department

Learn more about the program here.

Contact: Sowmya V. Yelamanchili, Ph.D.
987629 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-7629

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Contact: Karen Hankins
985870 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5870
402-559-4417

Cellular Integrative Physiology

Contact: Kim Kavan
985850 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5850
402-559-4426

Child Health Research Institute/Peds

Program Type: Biomedical Research, Clinical Research & Community Research
Participants: Undergraduate
Includes $3,000 stipend

The Child Health Research Institute (CHRI) offers exciting opportunities for students to engage in a variety of research projects spanning multiple and diverse specialties and disciplines, all dedicated to improving the health of children. Our engaged investigators are all faculty at UNMC in the Department of Pediatrics or other pediatric related sub-specialties, and many conduct clinical research with our partner, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. Students who join the CHRI SURP Program will also benefit from our robust research network and will have the opportunity to learn from our 200+ members while participating in CHRI programming, including monthly seminars and relevant special events.

Learn more about the program here.

Contact: Jaclyn Ostronic
Children's Hospital and Medical Center
402-836-9726

College of Nursing

Contact: Breanna Hetland
985330 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5330
402-559-5460

College of Public Health

Program Type: Biomedical Research, Clinical Research & Community Research
Participants: Undergraduate
Includes $3,500 stipend

Accepted applicants will spend a 10 week full-time placement with a COPH researcher working on a previously identified public health research project. Projects may be in community, clinical or laboratory based projects, driven by the needs of our diverse public health disciplines. Students will receive a stipend for their work, attend enrichment seminars and participate in campus and COPH networking and social activities.

Contact: Jessica Tschirren
984359 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4359
402-552-9867

Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer

Program Type: Biomedical Research
Participants: Undergraduate
Includes $6,000 stipend

This program offers hands-on biomedical research in a wide variety of cancer research labs. All SURP students are provided with a graduate student mentor, a faculty mentor and a staff mentor to support them. Graduate students from the Cancer Research graduate programs host a weekly cancer biology basics workshop for SURP students.

Requirements: Resume, personal statement, unofficial transcript, 2 letters of recommendation. 

Contact: Misty Pocwierz-Gaines
986805 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-6805
402-559-4092

Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy

Program Type: Biomedical Research
Participants: Undergraduate
Includes $3,000-4,000 stipend

With its unique strengths in genetics and cell biology, the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy has been continuously exercising to increase the size of stature of research faculty and increase our expertise in the areas of genomics, bioinformatics and cutting edge areas of genetics, cell biology and anatomy.

Requirements: Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above, completion of science courses beyond general biology or chemistry (e.g. organic chemistry, microbiology, genetics, etc.), research essay, and strong letters of recommendation

Contact: Bryan Katafiasz
985805 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5805
402-559-4031

Internal Medicine (SURP)

Program Type: Biomedical Research and Clinical Research
Participants: Undergraduate
Includes $4,000 stipend; limited housing support considered on a case-by-case basis.
Please review the flyer for more information.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center's Department of Internal Medicine offers an intensive 10-week, full time, stipend-paid summer undergraduate research and mentorship experience for students interested in biomedical research. The department offers students the opportunity to contribute to research projects that cover a broad range of topics in our 12 divisions. Areas of study range from basic research into the mechanisms of human diseases, to clinical investigations evaluating various aspects of treatments.

Contact: Shannon Thomsen
983332 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-3332
402-559-4875

Internal Medicine (SUARP)

Program Type: Biomedical Research and Clinical Research
Participants: Undergraduate
Includes $4,000 stipend; limited housing support considered on a case-by-case basis.
Please review the flyer for more information.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center's Department of Internal Medicine offers an intensive 10-week, full time, stipend-paid summer undergraduate research and mentorship experience for students interested in biomedical alcohol research. The department offers students the opportunity to contribute to research projects that cover a broad range of topics in our 12 divisions. Students will conduct research related to alcohol and its consequences on health, organ, and cellular function.

Contact: Shannon Thomsen
983332 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-3332
402-559-4875

MD/PhD Scholars Program

Program Type: Biomedical Research & Clinical Research
Participants: Undergraduate
Includes $3,600 stipend & dorm housing

In this program you will:

  • Explore your personal motivation for a career in medicine and biomedical research
  • Understand how discoveries made in the laboratory are translated into new methods of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human disease
  • Present your research project in a professional session
  • Become familiar with UNMC and its faculty, students and programs

Contact: Jen Brady
985520 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5520
402-559-8242

Munroe Meyer Institute

Program Type: Clinical-Translational Research, Clinical Research & Community Research
Participants: Undergraduate
Includes $6,000 stipend 

Contact: Jennifer Blackford, PhD
Munroe-Meyer Institute

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Program Type: Biomedical Research
Participants: Undergraduate
Includes $3,500 stipend

Undergraduate students will come to the lab during 2022 Summer and learn biomedical research. Three faculty (Dr. Davis, Dr. Roy and Dr. Kim) in our department would like to participate in the SURP program and teach hands-on research in the lab. Students will present what they learn during the summer on the last of day of the SURP program.

Contact: Carrie Drummond
983255 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-3255
402-552-3691

Pathology and Microbiology

Program Type: Biomedical Research
Participants: Undergraduate
Includes $3,000 stipend

The Pathology and Microbiology department consists of research performed in:

  1. infectious disease
  2. cancer
  3. clinical diagnostics

Infectious disease laboratories span the gamut of microbiology including studies in bacteria, virus, parasite, and host-pathogen interactions, as well as biosecurity and aerosol biology. Cancer laboratories span lymphoma, bone metastasis and tumor immunology. Labs in the department are also interested in developing drugs and drug delivery systems targeting both infectious disease and cancer. Clinical laboratories span transfusion medicine, health bioinformatics, renal, transplant, and hemato pathology among others. The open-space format and collaborative nature of researchers allows the free-flow of ideas across laboratories.

Most laboratories use in vitro molecular and cell biology techniques; some involve the use of model organisms, and some are bioinformatics-heavy. Students will gain experience with experiment design as well as hands-on project execution. Through the SURP program, students will also hone poster-making and presentation skills.

Contact: Tom Steinmeyer
985900 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5900
402-836-9390

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Program Type: Biomedical Research, Clinical Research
Participants: Undergraduate
Includes $3,000 stipend

The purpose of this program is to engage students in a wide variety of research areas including drug discovery, pharmaceutics, drug delivery, biophysics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

Requirements: Completed at least two years of postsecondary education with a GPA of 3.0 or greater.

Contact: Luis Marky
986120 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-6120
402-559-4628

Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Program Type: Biomedical Research
Participants:
Undergraduate
Includes $3,000 stipend

This program includes working in a neuroscience research lab; mentorship of faculty, graduate students, and lab technicians; education and practice of lab-specific techniques; access to numerous seminars by local and international experts in the field on neuroscience; the opportunity to present your own research at the SURP poster presentation; and co-authoring publications resulting from your summer research project.

Contact: Reed Felderman
985800 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5800
402-559-4624

Surgery

Program Type: Biomedical Research & Clinical Research
Participants:
Undergraduate
Includes a $3,000 stipend

The Department of Surgery Summer Undergraduate Research Program will provide clinical and biomedical research opportunities within a variety of divisions in surgery. These research opportunities are funded on grants obtained by Principal Investigators, therefore opportunities are based solely on what Divisions have current research and if they have funding to grant these positions. Each division will offer a unique learning experience. Some learning techniques will involve small and large animal studies.

Contact: Jackie Nelson
983280 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-3280
402-559-4632

Travis B. Lewis Scholarship

Program Type: Biomedical Research
Participants: High school (must be 16 years or older)
Includes $1,500 stipend

This program includes working in a neuroscience research lab; mentorship of faculty, graduate students, and lab technicians; education and practice of lab-specific techniques; access to numerous seminars by local and international experts in the field on neuroscience; the opportunity to present your own research at the SURP poster presentation and co-authoring publications resulting from your summer research project.

Contact: Reed Felderman
985800 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5800
402-559-4624

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