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Translational Neurobiology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC


To be considered for the neuroSURF program, an applicant:

  • Must be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior who attends a university or college in the United States
  • Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Must possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (will consider a lower GPA due to extenuating circumstances)
  • Must have completed an introductory course in biology, chemistry, physics, or psychology
  • Must be able to devote yourself to full-time research for the duration of the 10-week neuroSURF program
  • Previous coursework in neurobiology and previous independent research experience are not required
  • Applicants who express commitment to careers in science will be preferred, and students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply


All application materials are due by February 1. A completed application package includes the following:

  • General information about the applicant
  • Your participation experience in independent research
  • Why you are interested in translational neurobiology
  • What you hope to gain from participating in the neuroSURF program and how it might contribute to your career
  • Three short essays describing:
    • An up-to-date unofficial transcript and GPA (16MB maximum file upload)
    • A recommendation letter / faculty letter of support from a faculty member at your current institution, or a previous faculty mentor (16MB maximum file upload).  The recommendation letter can either be uploaded to the application or emailed directly to Dr. Alexandria Pilot Chambers at