The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is an intensive, nine-week internship for undergraduates entering the summer before their final year, semester, or quarter of study. It’s designed to provide research experience and mentorship for students interested in biomedical research. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, interns will complete an independent research project and present their findings at a competitive poster session.
Interns are paired with a faculty mentor after selecting one of the following areas of interest:
Learn more about the specific research interests of Fred Hutch faculty.
In addition to completing a mentored research project, interns participate in professional development workshops designed to facilitate preparation of competitive applications to graduate/medical school.
Interns will also attend weekly research seminars regarding a broad array of scientific topics. The program culminates with a competitive poster session.
Please carefully review the FAQs Among Applicants to ensure your academic standing and/or U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status qualifies you to participate in the SURP. If you remain uncertain about your eligibility upon reviewing the FAQ's, please contact us prior to submitting your application.
The SURP endeavors to engage scientific curiosity and promote cancer research careers among undergraduates and is committed to expanding diversity among students who enter STEM fields.
Interns will receive $4,794 (minus taxes) for participating in the program.
The SURP provides roundtrip travel (up to $450) to and from Seattle. Travel arrangements will be coordinated by program staff unless otherwise requested. If the cost of airfare is less than $450, interns may also request reimbursement for the cost of luggage fees and/or ground transportation to and from the airport. Interns who drive to Seattle are eligible for mileage reimbursement, up to $450.
Interns are responsible for their housing, meals, and local transportation costs. Housing is available at the University of Washington’s Stevens Court for approximately $2,300* for the duration of the program. Housing applications for Stevens Court will be available to students who are selected to participate in the program in early March. For more information about the amenities offered at Stevens Court, please visit UW Student Housing. Interns are also welcome to make their own housing arrangements.
Participants are eligible to purchase a subsidized transportation pass for $45. There is a free shuttle between Fred Hutch and the University of Washington campus, departing every 15 minutes.
The Summer Undergraduate Research Program is supported in part by the Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) CURE Supplement: 3 P30 CA015704-41S1, U54 CA132381 (Fred Hutch) and U54 CA132383 (NMSU).
* Estimate based on 2018 price
The application consists of:
We recommend applicants start by reviewing the Recent Interns page to help identify faculty whose research is of interest. However, all Fred Hutch faculty are potential mentors. If applicants have a general sense for the type of research that interests them, the Faculty & Labs page can help determine the faculty within that scientific area of interest.
We encourage applicants to review our "Tips for Submitting a Quality Application" below.
We encourage students to submit their application before the deadline. An abundance of last-minute submissions can overwhelm the application portal, which may result in upload failure. The same suggestion applies to uploading letters of recommendation. We are unable to accept any late submissions.
The SURP is a highly competitive program. While adhering to the following recommendations does not guarantee acceptance into the program, it does improve your chances of creating a successful application.
To increase the likelihood of securing summer research experience, we encourage applicants to apply to a minimum of 5–8 internship programs.
Responses to open-ended questions should have a thoughtful, detailed response that shows the applicant:
Students should thoroughly review their responses and supporting materials for accuracy and completeness before submitting their application. Given the number of applications received and in fairness to other applicants, the program is unable to accept late or revised materials.
When preparing this document, consider the following key points:
If you have questions about the SURP that are not addressed in our FAQs, please contact us. Visit us on Facebook for updates from the Fred Hutch SURP and our alumni!
SURP staff are unable to facilitate research internships for students outside of the 9-week summer program and will not accept unsolicited or late applications.