Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)


To pair a motivated, talented UW–Madison undergraduate student, who is in the first half of their undergraduate career and is interested in pursuing research in the stem cell sciences, with a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow mentor in one of the labs in the UW SCRMC.


Up to five students will be selected for funded fellowships, which include a $4000 stipend and a one-time award of $500 for WiCell services/supplies. Funding is provided by the SCRMC and WiCell. The SURF program is administered by the Wisconsin Stem Cell Roundtable (WiSCR), an organization of UW graduate student and postdoctoral researchers that aims to foster interaction, collaboration, dialogue, and support among UW stem cell researchers.


  • Must be a first or second-year undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Student must be currently enrolled or have already completed a college-level biology course
  • Student must commit to a 40 hour work week for the 10 weeks of research (May 24- July 30, 2021)
  • Student must present their research (poster or oral presentation) at the SCRMC Fall Conference (September 2021)
  • Student must participate in a WiSCR-sponsored outreach event during the summer or fall of 2021
  • Student cannot receive funding simultaneously through any other program (e.g. Hilldale, NSF, NIH, McNair, departmental funds, etc)
  • Must not already be participating in stem cell research
  • Previous research experience is not required


To Apply to be a Fellow

Please fill out the application survey online and send undergraduate transcript to (instructions in link) by 11:59pm, Friday April 23, 2021.

To Apply to be a Mentor

Please fill in the application survey online by 11:59pm, Friday, April 23, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact


WiSCR SURF Trainees