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The 10-week Biochemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (BSURF), intended for students outside of the University of Iowa, is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to gain hands-on experience in an active research laboratory, under the direction of an established scientist. The research involves planning and performing experiments in order to answer questions of interest in contemporary biochemistry and research areas include structural biology, genetics, developmental biology and molecular biology. Please visit our faculty page for further information about research interests in the department.
BSURF provides students with:
Students are placed in Biochemistry laboratories. In addition to hands-on research, students attend weekly seminars from the Biosciences Program, as well as informational sessions given by Biochemistry faculty members. A sample schedule from the 2014 session is available here. In the last week of the program, students participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Conference, hosted by the Graduate College. Students present posters and discuss their research projects with the public.
Students who are eligible for the BSURF program:
There are no prerequisite courses for acceptance into the program; however, a strong knowledge of organic chemistry and biology is advantageous.Prior research experience is not a requirement. BSURF is open to students from anywhere in the United States, and is especially beneficial for students with limited access to research opportunities at their home institution.
This program seeks to improve diversity in the biological sciences. Disabled students, minority students, and disadvantaged students (economically or first in family to attend college) are especially encouraged to apply.
This year's program begins on May 26 and runs through July 31, 2015.
A complete BSURF application includes the application page, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. The application can be found online. Copies of transcripts can also be uploaded to the application site. Letters of recommendation should be sent via email (preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org, or via mail, to:
BSURF CoordinatorDepartment of Biochemistry51 Newton Road, 4-403 BSBIowa City, IA, 52242The application deadline is February 13, 2015.
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