Undergraduate Research

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  • Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

    About the program

    The School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences has established an internship program for training undergraduate students in the biomedical sciences. Interns are given hands-on experience in a biomedical laboratory and are encouraged to apply to PhD programs.

    The SURE students are placed in laboratories at the University of Mississippi Medical Center under the mentorship of a biomedical researcher. In addition to the laboratory experience, students attend seminars and discussions aimed at enhancing their understanding of the current status of biomedical research and the career opportunities available. Students may also participate in weekly journal clubs and seminars, as well as taking part in various social activities.

    This program is open to students who have excelled in high school or in their undergraduate years in college. Applicants who are residents of the state of Mississippi are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Students may work with faculty on cutting-edge research in the following disciplines:

    • AIDS/HIV
    • Biochemistry and molecular biology
    • Biomaterials
    • Cancer biology
    • Cardiovascular physiology
    • Cell and molecular pharmacology
    • Cell signaling
    • Computational medicine
    • Depression and substance abuse
    • Genetics and gene medicine
    • Health disparities
    • Hypertension
    • Kidney disease
    • Microbiology/immunology and virology
    • Neurosciences
    • Obesity and diabetes
    • Pathology and laboratory medicine
    • Pharmacology and toxicology
    • Proteomics
    • Structural and chemical biology
    • Women's health
    • Wound healing

    Graduate programs

    • Biochemistry
    • Biomedical materials science
    • Clinical anatomy
    • Clinical health sciences
    • Medical pharmacology
    • Microbiology and immunology
    • Neuroscience
    • Pathology
    • Physiology and biophysics


    The 10-week summer program begins Tuesday, May 30, 2017, and ends Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. At the end of the 10 weeks, a celebratory award ceremony is held in which students give oral and poster presentations on their research.

    Application process and requirements

    Please read the application processing instructions thoroughly before starting your application. 

    Along with the application, the student is required to submit the following:

    • Names and valid e-mail addresses for two faculty recommendations
    • Scanned copy of current transcripts

    Financial information

    The students receive a stipend of $4,000.


    Applications must be received by Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.


    • Dorothea Staursky
      Program Administrator 
      School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences
      Phone: (601) 984-1195