Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows 2011

Microbiology and Immunology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) - 2015

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology at The University of Western Ontario offers Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) to a select group of highly committed undergraduate students who will benefit from the opportunity for a hands-on laboratory experience in the fields of Microbiology and Immunology. This is a chance to experience the joys of discovering something completely new while learning to overcome the challenges inherent in scientific research.

The SURF program runs for 16 weeks from May to mid-August and will pay a stipend of at least $6000. Students must be able to commit to this entire period in order to participate. Students work full-time under the guidance of a faculty mentor on an independent study project. We hope that this experience will encourage students to pursue a career in basic science and give them the skills they need to succeed in that career path.

Application for this fellowship is required, with awards based on grades, recommendations, and your personal statement. No previous research experience is necessary. Students are expected to work full-time for the duration of the program, so participation in SURF is not compatible with attending summer school, working at another job, or volunteering. If the SURF award is accepted, the student may not simultaneously hold any other summer fellowship award. The program begins with an orientation that includes laboratory safety certification. Students will attend special seminars on select topics throughout the program.

Eligibility Requirements
Students enrolled at The University of Western Ontario:- 2nd or 3rd year students who have taken Microbiology & Immunology 2100A or 2500B. Priority will be given to students in a Microbiology & Immunology module with a university average of 85% or greater.

Students not enrolled at The University of Western Ontario:;- 3rd year students who are currently enrolled in a Microbiology, Immunology, Biochemistry, Biology or Genetics program. Priority will be given to students in a Microbiology & Immunology module with a university average of 85% or greater.

Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply? Students interested in participating in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program may download an application form. The application deadline is 4:00 p.m. February 25, 2015. Applications may be brought to the Microbiology and Immunology departmental office (DSB 3014) or submitted by email to

How are applicants assessed? Applicants will be assessed based on academic merit, interest in research and the reference letter provided.
When will I find out if I am successful? Notification of acceptance will occur by mid-March.

Do I need a Faculty mentor prior to applying? Applicants need not have identified a faculty mentor at the time of application as evaluations are conducted independently of their choice of faculty mentor.

How do I find a faculty advisor? A list of faculty mentors and research projects is located on the Microbiology & Immunology website at: Read about their publications and in that way you'll learn about what they've done.

Why should I do research as an undergraduate? Undergraduate research teaches you about a field you are interested in, and helps you define your own style. There is no one reason for doing research; hundreds of students would tell you a myriad of answers. Rather, undergraduate research is an enriching process by which you gain skills.

I’m not a scientist (yet). Can I still do research? One of the greatest myths about research is that it involves supercomputing and lots of test tubes. The truth of the matter is that research is limitless and has unbelievable freedoms. It is our goal to train the next generation of young scientists, equipping each with the knowledge and research skills to discover the answers to important biomedical problems and to combat disease in the 21st century.

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