Undergraduate Student Opportunities

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program 

The Mayo Clinic’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program places undergraduate students from across the nation in a host lab at Mayo Clinic. For 10 weeks, students become fully-immersed in the research and culture of major medical center. Since 2012, five or more SURF fellowships have been exclusively reserved for Illinois students. These SURFs are sponsored through the Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance and their home department at Illinois. 

Illinois pre-selection for the 2018 SURF Program has closed. It will re-open in Fall 2018 for the 2019 Program. 

Important Dates:

Illinois Pre-selection Application Deadline - December 1
Illinois Pre-selection Award Notification - January 18
Mayo Clinic Online Application Deadline - February 1
2019 SURF Program - To be announced

Application Instructions:

  1. Complete the Illinois pre-selection application by December 1. Students will need to upload a personal statement and current transcript or web academic history (see the application page for details).
  2. Letters of recommendation are required from two references. Letters should be sent as .pdf files directly to LeaAnn Carson at lcarson@illinois.edu.
  3. Complete the Mayo Clinic online application by February 1. Students will use the same materials for this application as were used for the pre-selection application.


IT and Bioinformatics Summer Internship at Mayo Clinic

Bioinformatics Systems Unit within the IT Division of Research and Education Systems Support at the Mayo Clinic at Rochester, MN, has an ongoing summer internship opportunity for Illinois IT students. Specific position and project descriptions focus on the Center For Individualized Medicine (CIM) scientific programs with the goal of discovering and translating research into clinically viable solutions for patients. The internship consists of working on tasks within multiple project areas of the Bioinformatics Systems Unit.

The application process for 2018 internships has closed. It will re-open in Fall 2018 for 2019 internships, with priority consideration for those submitting applications by December 1. Students will be asked to complete the application form and upload their CV. The CV should include GPA, list completed computer science courses and those currently registered for, and any computer science project experience. Email info-mayo@mayoillinois.org with any questions.