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 $6,000 stipend. 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
  • Previous research experience is not required
  • Must not already be participating in stem cell research
  • Student must be currently enrolled or have already completed a college-level biology course
  • Student must commit to 10 weeks of research (May 23- July 29, 2022)
  • Student must present their research (poster or oral presentation) at the SCRMC Fall Conference (September 2022)
  • Student cannot receive funding simultaneously through any other program (e.g. Hilldale, NSF, NIH, McNair, departmental funds, etc)

To Apply to be a Fellow

Please fill out the application below and send undergraduate transcript to (instructions in link) by 8AM CDT, Monday April 18, 2022.

SURF Undergraduate Application:

To Apply to be a Mentor

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows must be working in a laboratory of an SCRMC faculty.
  • Mentors will be expected to enroll in (Summer 2022)  or taken the DELTA Research Mentor Training Seminar or similar mentor training course
  • Previous mentors in the WiSCR SURF Program may apply.

Please fill out the application by 8AM CDTm, Monday, April 18, 2022:

If you have any questions, please contact

WiSCR SURF Trainees