Fralin Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

2017 Fralin SURF Cohort

Program dates:  
May 28 - August 2, 2019

Deadline: 2/20/2019 at 5:00pm for students; 2/25/2019 for faculty endorsements

The Fralin SURF program is a 10-week training program designed to give motivated Virginia Tech undergraduates the opportunity to engage in full-time (~40 hrs/week) research and related professional development activities that mirror graduate training.

The goal is to offer students experiences that will help them determine if they want to pursue a career in research while they develop skills for graduate school. The program includes weekly research and professional development seminars, periodic social events, and a final symposium during which students will present their research.

15 students will be selected to participate in this training program during summer 2019 and will receive a $4000 stipend.

Program Eligibility and Expectations

All current Virginia Tech undergraduates considering a career in life sciences research are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to rising second and third year undergraduates, students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and students who have yet to engage in a full-time summer research experience.

SURF fellows must commit at least 40 hrs/wk to the training program, therefore fellows are not permitted to enroll in summer classes, participate in MCAT prep courses, engage in activities for pay, or engage in other activities that may interfere with program activities

SURF fellows commit to participating in the full 10-week program. Students may not take vacation during this training period.

Students must have the commitment of a faculty mentor before they apply to this program. Please note that there is NO list of available mentors. Students will need to find a suitable mentor (conducting research in a life science or related field) and gain their support prior to applying. For guidance, students may contact the Office of Undergraduate Research Ambassadors ( 

Application Instructions:

Only complete applications will be reviewed. A complete application must include:

  • Complete e-application form.
  • Submission of unofficial transcript.
  • Letter of supprt: your faculty mentor must provide a letter of support and a brief description of the project.



The deadline for faculty support letters is 5:00pm on February 25, 2019. 
Please provide your faculty mentor with this link for letter submission:


Applicants will be notified about the decisions no later than March 22, 2019. Please contact Keri Swaby with questions.