The SRF Summer Scholars Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s Disease. Under the guidance of a scientific mentor, each Summer Scholar is responsible for his or her own research project in such areas as genetic engineering and stem cell research. The Summer Scholars Program emphasizes development of both laboratory and communication skills to develop well-rounded future scientists, healthcare professionals, and policy makers. Students participating in the program will hone their writing skills via periodic reports, which are designed to emulate text scientists commonly must produce. At the end of the summer, students will have the opportunity to put all of their newly developed communication skills into practice at a student symposium.
SRF Education undergraduate programs primarily are designed to address two pressing needs in STEM education: the availability of novel, inquiry-based research opportunities and scientific communication skills. Whether a student plans to pursue postgraduate studies or apply for a research position at a pharmaceutical company, practical experience is key. However, research opportunities are limited at some colleges, and specific fields of research, such as tissue engineering, may be completely absent.
SRF Education sets itself apart from many other training programs with its focus on the development of scientific communication skills in addition to enhancing laboratory and critical thinking skills. Over the course of its educational programs, participants are guided through practical writing assignments that simulate documents scientists are often asked to produce, such as grant proposals. The communication training culminates in a formal presentation at a symposium where participants present the results of their work to their peers and mentors.
Review the following to confirm your eligibility to participate in the program:
If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for the program, you may contact SRF Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Lilli Fishman.
– The 2021 SRF Summer Scholars Program application period is now closed. –
The 2022 SRF Summer Scholars Program application period is now closed.
Application Deadline: Extended to February 1st at 5 PM Pacific Time.
Please be sure to download the recommendation instructions and give your recommender(s) ample time to submit your letter of recommendation by the deadline.
Offering recent graduates the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging under the guidance of a scientific mentor, with the goal of preparing participants for a career in regenerative medicine research.