Research opportunities at UT-Southwestern

You are invited to attend an Information Session concerning the summer research programs and the Graduate Programs in the Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at University of Texas – Southwestern Medical Center.  Several NC State students have participated in the UT Southwestern summer research programs and others have gone on to graduate school there. All have reported very positive experiences.  Please share this information with others!

Information Session

University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas)

Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (see below for details)

Breanna Pasko, NC State alum (Biological Sciences, 2012) and currently a Ph.D. student at UT-Southwestern

Monday, October 13

4-5:30 P.M. Honors Village Commons Multipurpose Room (room 201)

Followed by pizza from 5:30-6:30!


In addition, Breanna will be available for drop-in visits in the library of the University Honors Program (214 Clark Hall) from 11-noon on Monday, October 13 and 10-12 Tuesday, October 14. Students interested in meeting with her at other times should contact Dr. Larry Blanton (


Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences:

The UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is ranked in the top 20 programs in the USA for biological sciences research. In addition to outstanding physical facilities and high levels of research funding, the school’s faculty includes 6 Nobel laureates, 21 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 16 members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and 11 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators.


Undergraduate Research Programs:

For the 22nd. consecutive year, UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is sponsoring the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. The goal of SURF is to give students an intensive, 10-week, research experience in a world class research environment. Students immerse themselves in the laboratory and work on individual research projects with UT Southwestern Graduate School faculty. Most areas of modern cancer biology, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, and pharmacology are represented. In addition to research, SURF provides seminars, GRE prep, social events and an end-of-program poster session. We have increased the number of fellowships for SURF to 85. The SURF website and on-line application can be found at


For the 11th. year, we are also sponsoring the Quantitative and Physical Science Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (QP-SURF) Program. This program, initially funded by a NIGMS training grant and now funded internally, will accept 10 students who are earning their undergraduate degrees in the field of biomedical engineering, mathematics, computer science, physics, or chemistry. The goal of QP-SURF is to give students an intensive, research experience and demonstrate to students in the physical and quantitative sciences how their knowledge and skill sets are applied in a biomedical research setting. QP-SURF students would carry out their 10-week research project in a biophysics, computational biology, or quantitative/analytical chemistry laboratory. QP-SURF students also participate in seminars, GRE prep, social events and an end-of-program poster session. The program website and on-line application for QP-SURF can be found at


Both summer programs will run from June 1 through August 7, 2015.  Participants will be selected based on their letters of reference, course work and experience. The stipend for the 10-week program is $4,000. If a fellow requires housing, the costs will be covered by the program; however, fellows are responsible for paying their own travel expenses. Application deadline is February 9, 2015. The value of this summer opportunity is great for those interested in careers in research. Previous fellows have been enthusiastic about their experience; most have enrolled in excellent Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs.