University of California, San Diego, MSTP-SURF Program

General Info

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This program is designed for motivated undergraduate students from groups who are underrepresented minorities in health sciences on a national basis, are disabled, and/or come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and who are interested in seeking future training in a combined MD/PhD program.

Applications will open Monday, Nov 01

Program Highlights

  • Principal focus is an 8-week research project conducted in the laboratory of a faculty member in the biomedical sciences or participating clinical departments.
  • One half-day per week clinical shadowing experience
  • Weekly seminars
  • Stipend for the eight-week period - $4160
  • Includes room (not board)
  • Career development seminars
  • Presentation of your work at the UCSD SURF Research Conference

Eligibility Requirements

(1) have successfully completed at least one undergraduate year at an accredited school or university; or (2) be attending community or junior colleges provided they are enrolled in at least three courses per academic term and have completed at least six courses.

Application Information

  • A PDF of your unofficial school transcript and contact information for two references
  • The people writing your letter of recommendation will be contacted via e-mail and will submit their letter online
  • Once you begin an application, you can check the status of it any time by logging into this website
  • All components of the application must be submitted before the deadline to be considered complete.
  • Only complete applications will be reviewed