The University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy’s SURF program is geared towards increasing learning and networking opportunities for undergraduate students committed to pursuing either professional or academic research careers across the entire pharmaceutical continuum including drug discovery, delivery, mechanism of disease and drug action, clinical and translational studies, data science/bioinformatics, regulatory science, health outcome and economic analysis and policy development. Students will develop confidence and independence in conducting research and communicating scientific concepts under the guidance of faculty and other mentors. In addition to daily engagement in the research setting, students will attend biweekly entrepreneurship/professional development seminars and participate in a workshop on the graduate school application process so as to aid in the pursuit of graduate study. At the end of the summer, students will give an oral presentation of their research to their peers and faculty.
Receive a $4,000 stipend for a virtual full‐time program during summer (full time, 10 weeks minimum; involvement for a longer period may depend upon project and faculty preference)
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Undergraduate students between their junior and senior year (rising senior status when school resumes in the fall)
Students must be in good academic standing (GPA of 3.5 or higher) and enrolled for next year’s classes
Applications are strongly encouraged from the following groups to enhance diversity in our training programs: first‐generation college student, veterans or a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education (African Americans, Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders; individuals with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990).