Undergraduate and Graduate Student Programs

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is sponsored by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and administered by the Graduate and Minority Recruitment Committees. The program is designed to provide a stimulating "hands on" experience in research for undergraduate students who are considering graduate education in biomedical sciences.


The primary goal of this program is to provide a group of college students who have demonstrated outstanding scientific aptitude and an interest in biomedical sciences the opportunity to experience research. The program is designed to increase the student's motivation to pursue a graduate degree leading to careers in biomedical research.


Undergraduate students interested in biomedical sciences have many career options. This program is designed to provide them with the research experience to determine if they wish to pursue a career in biomedical research. The program is intended to help fill the national need for investigators from culturally diverse backgrounds capable of addressing new health problems as they arise.

Program Description

Under the guidance of a selected faculty member, the student will have the opportunity to learn the basic skills necessary to contribute to the research effort over the 10 week period, June through August. UTMB has 20 different departments offering research opportunities for students interested in biochemistry, immunology, physiology, virology, microbiology, genetics and pharmacology. A sample of the techniques a student might learn include maintaining cell cultures, electrophoresis, chromatography, immunoassays, animal surgery electrophysiology and neurochemical assays and protein and nucleic acid molecular biology. In addition, the students will attend various scientific seminars and journal clubs held during the summer. Finally, all participants will display the results of their research efforts at a poster session to be held at the end of the program.

Eligible Students

The program is offered to college students who are contemplating graduate studies in the biomedical sciences. Selection of the students will be based on the completed application, an unofficial transcript from the student's undergraduate institution(s), a nominating letter from the student's major advisor and recommendation from one other faculty member.


Funding includes a generous stipend. Students must pay their own travel expenses to and from Galveston, Texas.

For submission of applications or more information contact:
Ms. Lynn Davis,
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences,
Suite 5.108 Administration Bldg., Mail Route 0132.
The University of Texas Medical Branch,
Galveston, Texas 77555 0132.
Telephone: (409)772 2665, or
FAX: (409)747 0772, or
Email gradsch@utmb.edu.

Orthopaedic Bioengineering Masters Fellowships

Graduate fellowships are available for engineering or computer science graduates who intend to complete higher education at either the masters or doctoral level. These fellowships are available for one to two years depending on the degree sought. We have active collaborations with biomedical engineering programs throughout the state, and in the future hope to establish collaborations with other institutions.