Undergraduate Student Opportunities

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program 

View the 2020 SURF pre-selection for Illinois students flier.

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 2020 SURF Program is now open. 

Important Dates:

Illinois Pre-selection Application Deadline - December 1
Illinois Pre-selection Award Notification - January 21
Mayo Clinic Online Application Deadline - February 1
2020 SURF Program - May 26 - July 31

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.

View the job description for summer 2020 internship opportunities. Urbana campus students get priority consideration for these internships when applying by December 15, 2019. Students should 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 LeaAnn Carson with any questions.