ASPET Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) Individual Awards

The ASPET Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) Awards has the aim to introduce undergraduate students to pharmacology research and increase the student’s interest in careers in research.

Full Description

If you become the awarded candidate, ASPET will provide you a student stipend of $2800 for a minimum of ten weeks participation in the program, while the mentor is expected to sponsor the SURF Fellow for undergraduate student membership in ASPET.

The scholarship amount can be used for the payment of student’s stipends or wages or housing, and it will not be given to the recipient, but directly to the institution he/she attends.

Students and mentors will be notified by March 15 if they have won the award.

Who's eligible?

The first thing that comes into one’s mind when considering applying for a scholarship is who is actually eligible to apply for it.

The ASPET Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) Individual Awards is available to undergraduate students conducting pharmacology-related research including students representing departments of pharmacology, toxicology, pharmaceutical sciences, and/or biological chemistry are encouraged to apply for this program.

People who are traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences are particularly encouraged to apply and will be given preference.

So as to be accepted as a regular candidate, you also have to meet some program requirements.

The eligible students must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting undergraduate program, and may not graduate before the fellowship is completed.

The mentor must be a regular or affiliate member of ASPET in good standing or an emeritus member who is still active in research.

Even though you are a mentor of previous awardees you are allowed to re-apply but only if you are proposing a project with a different student.

How to Apply

When the application process is in question, the applications should be submitted by the mentor and they must include the following:

  • A letter from the mentor which will consist of a brief description of the proposed research project as well as qualifications of the student that make him/her a strong candidate for the award.
  • A copy of the mentor’s NIH biosketch.
  • A statement from the student of maximum 500 words related to the research project and how participation would contribute to his/her career goals
  • Copies of all the student’s undergraduate transcripts
  • The student’s contact information, including physical mailing address and e-mail address.

The application material should be emailed as a single PDF to Catherine L. Fry, Ph.D. at

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