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Pepperdine SURB students

In the summer 2021 (May 24-July31), 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 regular online meetings with research mentors at the end of May remotely. 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. Then beginning June 1st students will arrive on the Pepperdine campus, the full SURB group will complete their research proposals and then engage in a research retreat at the James Reserve near Idyllwild CA. 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 (unofficial 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, Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

Notification of acceptance will be made on or before Friday, April 16, 2021.

For all applicants to the 2021 SURB program, please note that this is a residential program that requires campus localization for program participation. Access to the Pepperdine campus is contingent upon improved COVID conditions and approval for campus access by Los Angeles county and by Pepperdine policy. This we currently cannot guarantee that the program will occur in 2021, but will maintain regular communication with accepted students.

The following link provided access to the online application form that begins your application process and generates the Interfolio invitation: https://seaver.pepperdine.edu/surb/application/

 Please contact Dr. Jay Brewster for more information.

Here's the link to the recording of the SURB info session today.

Topic: SURB Information Session
Start Time : Jan 29, 2021 11 AM