Whitman College has partnered with the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences to offer two undergraduate students from Whitman College paid summer research opportunities as part of the Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, beginning in summer 2020.

Students will have the opportunity to work on a range of research projects at any of the Mayo Clinic research sites in Rochester Minnesota, Jacksonville, Florida, or Scottsdale, Arizona. Potential research areas include biochemistry and molecular biology, metabolic disease, biomedical engineering and physiology, clinical and translational science, immunology, molecular pharmacology, neuroscience and virology.

The college provides a $6,000 stipend for the SURF participants to cover travel, housing and meals during their 10-week experience. Funding for Whitman's participation in this program is provided by the Doctors Robert F. and Elizabeth M. Welty Student/Faculty Research Endowment.

As part of the SURF program, students will benefit from unique laboratory experiences, mentorship, weekly seminars and a close community of fellow SURF students from institutions across the country.

Apply for the 2020 SURF Program

The Whitman-Mayo SURF Program committee is now accepting applications from students who will be entering their final year at Whitman College in the fall of 2020 (December 2020 or May 2021 grads). The research program runs from Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, July 31, 2020. Students must be able to commit to the entire program.

A complete application includes the following:

  1. The four-page application.
  2. A one-page statement on your career goals and the steps you have already taken to help achieve those goals.
  3. Current unofficial transcripts
  4. Two letters of recommendation from an undergraduate research advisor or professor. References must include at least one Whitman faculty member who has served as a course instructor, advisor or research mentor in the sciences. A research mentor at another institution may serve as a second reference.

The application submission deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.

Have questions?

Contact Assistant Professor Michael Coronado at coronamj@whitman.edu, call 509-527-5748 or stop by the Hall of Science, Room 300.