A program of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

About the Program

The SURF Program is made up of five different fellowships:

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

The application deadline for SURF summer 2020 will be February 20, 2020. The application instructions and forms are available under the apply tabs of this website. 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 calendar for time and place.
  • You are also encouraged to meet with the SURF advisors to discuss your project and application. Starting in January, sign up for Brittany Daws (STEM- Life Sciences), Victoria Cheng (STEM-Math and Physical Sciences ), Emily Remirez (Social Sciences and Humanities), or Brittany Johnson (Humanities) via the advisor information under the "Resources" tab. ... more

Meet Our SURF & Rose Hills Fellows

In Vitro Analysis of Cardiomyocyte Binucleation in H9C2 Cell Line

Shea Khyeam : Molecular and Cell Biology & Nutritional Sciences

Although animals such as zebrafish and newborn mice retain the ability to regenerate the heart post-injury, adult mammalians have largely lost this cardiac regenerative capacity. Consequently, a patient will irreversibly lose as many as a billion cardiomyocytes following a heart attack and suffer from permanently reduced cardiac function. Today, nearly five million Americans live with heart failure—this underscores the significance of our inability to regenerate myocardial tissue.

Most mammalian cardiomyocytes lose their proliferative and regenerative abilities because they undergo binucleation, terminal differentiation, and permanent withdrawal from the cell cycle postnatally. The mechanisms which control this transition, however, are still not fully understood. In fact,... Read More