|The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program provides opportunities
for students to carry out independent research projects under the guidance of UNC faculty
mentors. Students learn the latest methodologies in biological research while improving
observation and communication skills. Through meetings with guest scientists, the SURE
Program promotes awareness of the diversity of research areas, especially areas of
current major biological importance. The SURE program also conducts workshops
and field trips that provide information and career guidance about research and
other types of science professions in academia, government, and the private sector.
SURE is intended for students with a genuine desire to pursue careers in experimental
research in the biological and chemical sciences. Students contemplating other occupations
in which familiarity with experimental science would be valuable, e.g., science teaching,
are encouraged to apply. The Program is particularly interested in students having no prior
research experience and students from groups underrepresented in the sciences. Preference is
given to individuals completing their junior year, although students of other standing expressing
persuasive plans for research or science-related careers will not be excluded from consideration.
THE SURE PROGRAM IS RESTRICTED TO U.S. CITIZENS
SURE is funded by The University of North Carolina and
The National Science Foundation
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program. A list
of NSF-supported summer research programs in Biology is available from the
REU Program. SURE is administered by the University of North Carolina
Program in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology.
What previous participants have said about the UNC SURE Program:
"Thank you so much for allowing me to grow in a way that I could have only done
under the SURE program's supervision. I feel 200% more confident about my work in the lab
and my academic intellect overall."--Christie Laming, Hollins College, VA
"The program was a challenging, exciting, educational and fun experience.
It was a privilege to work in top notch labs under the guidance of preceptors who really
wanted us to be part of the lab environment. I couldn't think of a better way to spend a summer."
--Jody Weinstein, Wells College, NY
"The interactions that I had with grad students, faculty, post-docs
and undergrads were very useful in making future plans. The SURE program did a wonderful job
in organizing all of the group activities, such as the weekly lectures, tours and, of course,
the beach trip."--Nancy Gettel, Alma College, MI
"I had a wonderful experience this summer and learned a ton!"
--Tiffany Crawford, Appalachian State Univ., NC
"I cannot imagine another program that could be as well planned as this one."
--Eric Wagner, Albright College, PA
"This is the best thing I ever did with my life and I don't want to
go home! Thanks!"--Julie Hanson, College of St. Scholastica, MN