A program of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

About the Program

The SURF Program is made up of three different fellowships:

Each fellowship has particular eligibility requirements, and each fellowship has certain obligations that fellows agree to if they receive the award. 

Applications for SURF fellowships for the summer 2017 are now open. Note that different programs have different applicaiton deadlines. The application deadline for SURF L&S is February 16, 2017. The deadlines for SURF Rose Hills Experience and Independent are March 1, 2017. Students that are eligible to both L&S and Rose Hills Independent can apply to both using the same proposal.  Please read the contents of this website carefully.  To best understand the program and prepare a quality application we encourage you to:

  • attend an info session before applying. See "Resources" Tab for info sessions specifics or the OURS calendar
  • attend a workshop on how to write a research proposal. See OURS calender for time and place.
  • You are also encouraged to meet with the SURF advisors to discuss your project and application. Sign up for Justin (STEM) or Melissa (Social Sciene and Humanities) via the advisor information under the "Resources" tab. 

The SURF L&S ... more

Meet Our SURF & Rose Hills Fellows

Cancer Targeting Nanorods via Peptoid Mediated Antibody Bioconjugation

Andrew Kelleghan : Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

In 2012 alone, 14.1 million cases of cancer were reported worldwide and the disease claimed 8.2 million lives. The magnitude of these figures speaks to the complexity of the causes and mechanisms of cancers and the need to develop new strategies to better combat the disease state. Existing treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation can prove effective but are notoriously limited by a lack of selectivity which results in widespread damage to cancer patients' healthy cells. Thus, there remains a large demand for effective therapies capable of ridding the body of cancerous cells while leaving surrounding healthy ones intact.
To this end, my research aims to develop a nanoparticle modified with breast cancer-specific antibodies which will allow for exploitation of the... Read More