Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs

Summer Programs

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Sponsored by the Miller School of Medicine’s Graduate & Postdoctoral Programs, the SURF Program offers participants the opportunity to choose from our biomedical sciences programs, including bacterial pathogenesis, cancer biology, gene expression / molecular genetics, immunology, neuroscience, and stem cell / regenerative medicine.

We introduce undergraduate students to projects experienced during postgraduate research training. This lends to an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of basic answers to current questions in the biological sciences. This program is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing a career in lab-based non-clinical research. Fellows will gain experience in modern research techniques, and have an opportunity to plan and execute an experimental strategy to answer a scientific question.

Fellows will spend 10 weeks (May 21 to July 27) pursuing research under the mentorship of a Principal Investigator (PI) or their designee. Students are paired with a UMMSM faculty member based on their research interests. SURF participants receive a stipend, travel and accommodations.

Apply by Feb 18th to this selective opportunity

SCCC-SURF

The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC), Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program – (SCCC-SURF) offers participants the opportunity to be mentored by faculty from the Cancer Biology program. Over the ten weeks summer research program, participants will immerse themselves in cutting edge research projects and professional development activities.

Apply by Feb 18th to this selective opportunity

Summer Research Program for Underrepresented Minorities and Women

The program is open to underrepresented minority and women students in the University of Miami’s (UM) College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) who have completed at a minimum their sophomore year, are US citizens or permanent residents and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Program participants conduct research with a UM faculty mentor for 10 weeks during the summer. The program provides housing and a stipend of $5,000.00. Students attend weekly professional development meetings with the program director and cultural activities on some weekends. At the end of the program, all participants are required to give a public presentation of their work and submit a research paper. 

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Computational and Theoretical Chemistry for High School (CATCH)

A workshop to integrate classroom lectures with visual applications for high school students and teachers. Computational chemistry offers a vista of opportunity to explain complex physical and chemical concepts such as, three-dimensional structures and reaction mechanisms and ligand-protein interactions through visualization tools. These graphical tools make a positive impact and help to create interest among high school students in the exciting interdisciplinary field combining physics, chemistry/biochemistry and computer science.

Contact Dr. Rajeev Prabhakar, Associate Professor of Chemistry, at rpr@miami.edu

Howard Hughes High School Scholars Research Program

The HHMI High School Scholars Research Program is an exciting opportunity for public and private school students with a passion for science to gain hands-on research experience. Students work in teams to conduct biomedical research over the course of seven weeks at the University of Miami. Placements are available in biology, biomedical engineering, neuroscience, ophthalmology, and other research areas tailored to students’ interests and experience. Student teams will be mentored by University of Miami professors, be responsible for an investigative project, prepare a research report suitable for publication, and give an oral presentation at a UM research symposium.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Research Program for MDC Students

Miami Dade College students who have participated in the HHMI authentic research biology and chemistry labs at MDC are eligible for this summer undergraduate research experience program. Program participants conduct scientific research under the mentorship of UM faculty for 40 hours per week over the 10-week program period. Program students participate in required weekly meetings for professional development with the program director. At the end of the program, all participants present their research at a UM research symposium open to the public. Program students also are responsible for preparing, writing, and submitting a research paper about their summer project.

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JJ Vance Memorial Summer Internship Program in the Biological and Computational Sciences

The JJ Vance Memorial Summer Internship in the Biological and Computational sciences is a paid summer program awarded to outstanding juniors in good standing from Miami and Broward-area high schools.The recipients of the internship will participate in an exciting, and challenging, eight week research course at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Family and friends of JJ Vance, who was a student at East Chapel Hill High School (N.C.) at the time of his death, established the program. After JJ died, HIHG Director Dr. Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, her husband, Dr. Jeffery M. Vance, and their daughter, Dr. Danica Vance, received more than 300 letters from people who knew JJ. The letters recounted JJ’s acts of kindness, his passion for life, and his fundamental belief to help those around him. Heartened by the public response to JJ’s death and committed to celebrating his life, the Vance family created the JJ Vance Foundation a few months after JJ’s death. The interns participate in a challenging 8-week research course, working with faculty and post-doctoral fellows. Each intern is paired up with a HIHG staff member, post-doc or faculty member.

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Lois Pope Summer Neuroscience Research Program

A generous endowment made to the University of Miami (UM) by our Trustee, Lois Pope, allows undergraduate neuroscience majors to participate in summer neuroscience research projects at UM. Participants are required to work 40 hours per week for at least 10 weeks on neuroscience research, and they are expected to present their findings at the UM Research, Creativity, and Innovation Forum, which is held during the following spring semester (i.e., students must have at least two more semesters before graduation). Lois Pope participants may also participate in the PRIME program as PRIME Adjuncts, and they may be invited to attend special activities related to other summer research programs, such as the Dean’s Women and Minority Research Program and the Honors Research Program.

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Miami Model for Health Professions Education

The Miami Model Summer program is designed to help students from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds. Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a 8 week program that helps premedical students prepare for the MCAT. The Minority Students in Health Career Motivation Program (MSHCMP) is a 7 week program that helps students develop skills that will increase their competitiveness for admission to schools of medicine, and High School Careers in Medicine Workshop (HSCMW) is a 7 week program designed to promote interest in the health sciences among rising high school seniors with opportunity to engage and focus on instruction with academic and college counseling, and mentoring.

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Psychology Research Initiatives Mentorship Experience (PRIME)

The PRIME program is a 10-week summer research program designed for students who intend to apply to Ph.D. programs.  Throughout this program, students are required to work 20 hours per week on psychological research under the direction of a psychology faculty member.  PRIME students are also required to attend weekly seminars where they discuss their research projects, research ethics and protocol, post-graduation plans, guidelines for poster presentations, and several other topics, and they must showcase their research projects at an end-of-the-summer poster presentation.  These students are also expected to present their findings at the UM Research, Creativity, and Innovation Forum, which is held during the following spring semester (i.e., students must have at least two more semesters before graduation).

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Research and the Interface of Chemistry and the Biological Sciences (REU)

The REU program provides underrepresented students with 10 weeks of highly integrated research projects and professional development activities, with at least two mentors for chemistry or bioscience disciplines.

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