Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) hosts a 9-week summer internship that is designed to provide biomedical research experience and mentorship for undergraduate students of rising senior status.  For more information and to apply, visit the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

About the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

The SURP is an intensive, 9-week internship designed to provide research experience and mentorship for rising-senior undergraduate students who are interested in biomedical research.  Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students will:

  • Complete an independent research project;
  • Attend weekly research seminars;
  • Participate in professional development workshops designed to facilitate the preparation of competitive applications for graduate/medical school; and
  • Present their findings at a competitive poster session.

Hallmarks of the SURP at Fred Hutch include:

Breadth and quality of research experiences:  Students are paired with a faculty and staff mentor in one of the following five scientific divisions: Basic Sciences, Clinical Research, Human Biology, Public Health Sciences, or Vaccine and Infectious Disease.

Institutional involvement and support: In addition to matching students with a faculty and staff mentor, FHCRC staff (post-docs, staff scientists, and graduate students) from all five divisions volunteer to serve as peer-reviewers of students’ personal statements and resumes, as table captains at a speed-mentoring session designed to share perspective and advice regarding the graduate or medical school application process, as well as judges at the culminating competitive poster session, and as mock interviewers for graduate, medical or professional school.

Tailored to individual needs/aspirations:  The SURP curriculum is broad in order to accommodate trainees’ diverse interests; however this is not a one-size-fits-all program.  We endeavor to meet the individual needs and aspirations of our trainees by asking participants to consider how or in what ways program staff can maximize their time while at the FHCRC, whether that be meeting with faculty within or outside their field of interest, meeting with program directors/administrators at the University of Washington, touring the transplant clinic or cellular therapy lab, etc.

Sustained support/mentorship: The SURP is more than a 9-week internship; program staff maintains correspondence with trainees long after the program has concluded in support of their individual academic and career goals.  The program administers an Annual Training Program Follow-up Survey, maintains a Facebook page, and has established a tight-knit alumni community to foster routine communication and peer-to-peer mentorship.  

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