**Press release submitted by Western Connecticut State University**
December 1, 2022
Students interested in research in the field of biology are invited to submit applications for the 2023 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program offered by Western Connecticut State University’s Department of Biology.
Applications are now being accepted from undergraduate students at all colleges who meet the academic requirements for entry and are willing to undertake research commitments averaging at least 30 hours per week over a period of 8 to 10 weeks in the summer of 2023. Applicants are applying for one of two SURF fellowships at WCSU, with each fellowship paying a $4,000 stipend toward the achievement of research goals.
Prior to submitting a SURF application, the student must contact a faculty member in the WCSU Department of Biology, who may commit to assisting the applicant in developing a research project and writing a proposal for submission to the SURF review board. Applicants are advised to find mentors as early as possible whose research areas most closely match the students’ own research interests and career goals.
It is recommended that early action be taken to confirm a mentoring agreement to allow the student adequate time to work with the faculty member to develop a proposal. WCSU Biology faculty members willing to oversee SURF projects include Drs. Dorothy Christopher, Dr. Neeta Connally, Dr. Joshua Cordeira, Dr. Kristin Giamanco, Dr. Michelle Monette, Dr. Theodora Pinou, Dr. Hannah Reynolds, Dr. Lopez and Dr. Edwin Wong.
The application deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2023; the award of the scholarship will be announced by April 15, 2023. Approved SURF projects take place between May and August, with exact schedules determined by the mentor in consultation with the student.
Prospective applicants can visit the department’s SURF home page at www.wcsu.edu/biology/surf/ for complete information on admission requirements, the application process, research commitments, and available faculty mentors and their research interests.
SURF programs, offered at universities nationwide, are designed to stimulate students’ interest in research opportunities and careers in the STEM subjects. “The WCSU Biology SURF program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to experience and participate in hands-on research projects under the guidance of experienced mentors,” states the university’s SURF website. “Students accompany a project from start to finish and present their results at a scientific forum.”
dr Theodora Pinou, Chair of the Biology Department, said that the SURF Biology program at WCSU “provides an intense research experience and offers a variety of research areas for students to choose from. This is a good way to assess whether research is a field of activity that you would like to pursue professionally.”
To learn more about previous SURF research projects, visit https://news.wcsu.edu/wcsu-students-earn-surf-awards-to-pursue-research-with-faculty-mentors/.