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Fralin Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

2017 Fralin SURF Cohort

Program dates:  
May 23-July 29, 2022

Note: We are planning for in-person research opportunities this summer. However, these opportunities will be subject to any state, federal, and university regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will keep applicants posted as those emerge. All SURF participants will be expected to abide by university public health regulations.

Deadline: February 27, 2022 at 5pm
Faculty Endorsement Deadline: March 2, 2022 at noon

Sample Application Here.

SPECIAL NOTE: This program is funded by the Fralin Life Sciences Institute in Blacksburg and NOT the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute in Roanoke. Information and application forms for the Roanoke programs are available elsewhere...

neuroSURF website:

Molecular Visualization SURF website:

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 2022 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 support: your faculty mentor must provide a letter of support and a brief description of the project.



Applicants will be notified about the decisions in March 2022. Please contact Keri Swaby with questions.