Summer Undergraduate Research in Pharmacology & Cancer Biology (SURPH)

This ten-week summer research experience focuses on learning how scientific discovery at the bench can be translated to treatment of disease. Students will train with a faculty mentor and carry out an independent research project in Duke’s Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology. The purpose of the fellowship is to: 1) immerse students in areas of biomedical science such as pharmacology that are not readily accessible on undergraduate campuses, 2) expose students to the connection between biomedical research and drug discovery, and 3) create networking opportunities for students to pursue graduate study in biomedical science.

In addition to a rich scientific program, SURPH@Duke will feature visits to unique Duke destinations and excursions in Durham and the nearby Research Triangle Park. The fellows are encouraged to explore this unique rapidly, developing part of the nation.

The SURPH@Duke is a 10-week full time fellowship, thus, students may not be involved in any other concurrent program or take simultaneous summer classes. Program Dates (to be finalized): Late-May 2024-End of July 2024. The first week of SURPH will be conducted offsite for orientation and background reading.

The application deadline is February 14, 2024.
Notifications will be sent around March 6, 2024.

The SURPH@Duke Summer 2024 application has closed.

Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology
Gary Hock and Lyn Proctor Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
Professor of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
Associate Professor of Medicine
Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Professor in Anesthesiology
Richard and Kit Barkhouser Distinguished Professor
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Associate Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology

Eligible applicants are those who are sophomores or juniors at US colleges and universities. We encourage those who feel disadvantaged in educational advancement and those of underrepresented groups to apply. Selection criteria are based on the following: academic record (including extracurricular activities), personal statement, short answer responses, and letters of recommendation. Applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

Students will receive a summer stipend and food points. On-campus housing is required and will be covered by the SURPH@Duke Fellowship.


Jessica Sawyer, Ph.D.
SURPH@Duke Program Director