Dr. Virginia Shapiro with a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship student

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Representatives from the Department of Immunology help recruit outstanding college undergraduates to the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), sponsored by Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Faculty members in the department serve as mentors to help SURF students experience Mayo Clinic's enthusiasm for research during the early stages of their careers.

Faculty, fellows and current graduate students meet regularly with SURF students and guide them in their research projects. Their experience culminates with a gathering of the entire program for formal poster presentations by the students and a departmental research symposium where students give formal talks.

As one former SURF student says, "I learned more this summer than in a whole semester course in immunology at school."