In the summer of 2016 ( May 8-July 23), Pepperdine University will host the Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Biology (SURB) developed specifically for students who are interested in pursuing a career in biological research, science education, environmental science, or biotechnology. Pepperdine biology faculty will work closely with selected students in diverse areas of biological research. Successful applicants will be provided a generous stipend, on-campus housing, a unit of biology research credit, funding for travel to Malibu, and a budget for the purchase of research supplies.The program will begin with a 14-day research orientation workshop, May 8 - May 20. During the workshop, students will be introduced to varied research tools and techniques and will partner with a faculty member to develop a project idea for their summer research. The workshop will culminate with a visit to the James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve near Idyllwild, California, where students will present their summer project proposals. Over the remainder of the summer, students will pursue individual research projects under the direction of their faculty mentor. Guest scientists will periodically visit the program to give seminars and meet with the SURB research students. The research program will conclude with a student research symposium in late July.
Students may elect to study in one of six areas and are selected on the basis of their interest in research-based careers, their academic credentials, and teacher recommendations. Depending on faculty participation, which varies from year to year, students may be accepted to do research in a second or third choice of preference.
Students must complete the initial online application form, then go to the Interfolio to complete their full application. A link to the Interfolio site will be provided via email once the initial application is submitted. Application components to be submitted via Interfolio will include 1) a copy of your initial application, 2) a brief essay defining your interest in biological research in general and the SURB program specifically, 3) college transcript (unoffical is acceptable), and 4) one letter of recommendation from a science faculty member who is familiar with your academic or research work. Applicants are expected to have completed one year of biology prior to the summer program and must be classified as undergraduate students (NSF requirement). All application materials, including the recommendation letter must be submitted to Interfolio before the application deadline: 12pm Midnight, February 15, 2016.
Notification of acceptance will be made on or before Friday, April 1, 2016.
The Pepperdine SURB program is primarily funded through the National Science Foundation. We have submitted a grant application for funding renewal, which is currently being reviewed. Though we are accepting applications, please be aware that the 2016 program is contingent upon renewal of NSF funding.
The following link provided access to the online application form that begins your application process and generates the Interfolio invitation: http://seaver.pepperdine.edu/surb/application/
Please contact Dr. Jay Brewster for more information.