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Summer Research Fellowship Program

Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy - Rutgers University

The Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy announces the 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. The program is intended for highly motivated undergraduates interested in a research career in the pharmaceutical and environmental sciences. Students are provided with an opportunity to conduct full-time research in areas related to Pharmacology and Toxicology, Environmental Health Sciences, Pharmaceutics, Medicinal Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and Clinical Pharmacy. The SURF program is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled at a university in the United States. Previous experience performing independent laboratory or clinical research is not required. Students should be enrolled in college at the time of application.

The 10-week program will run May 26 through July 31, 2014 and provides a $2,800 stipend. Students must be available for the entire 10-week period. Training includes hands-on research conducted in the laboratories or clinical practices of faculty members, round table discussions of research progress, and seminars on research careers and activities of the faculty. Students also participate in career development workshops and a field trip to a pharmaceutical company. At the end of the fellowship, each student will provide a brief oral presentation on his or her summer research project.

To apply to the Summer Research Fellowship Program, the following items are required:

·         Completed application form

·         College transcripts (current and previously attended universities)

·         Personal statement

·         CV (maximum 2 pages)

·         Letter(s) of recommendation (only 1 letter is required)

Applications must be typed and submitted in a single envelope. Letter(s) of recommendation should be in sealed envelopes and included in the envelope with the completed application form, CV, transcripts, and personal statement. All application materials must be received/postmarked by February 5, 2014. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Students are responsible for finding local housing for the 10-week duration of the SURF program. Additional funding for room and board is not available. All questions concerning summer housing should be directed to the Residence Life Assignments Office at or (848) 445-0750.

For further information, please contact Dr. Debra Laskin by email at or Dr. Lauren Aleksunes at Students selected for the program will begin to be notified on March 14, 2014. Students will have 1 week to inform the Program of their intent to participate. Notifications of selected students will be made through April 4, 2014. Students who are not selected will be notified by April 11, 2014.  Students selected will be expected to become undergraduate members of the Society of Toxicology and the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at no charge and join the SURF LinkedIn Page.

Note: Pharmacy students selected for the SURF program will be placed into Cycle III for their pharmacy practice experience.

Send completed applications to:

Ms. Cindy Olexsa
Dean’s Office
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Rutgers University
160 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ   08854

The SURF Program at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy is financially supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (1R25ES020721), the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the Society of Toxicology, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and the Dean of the School of Pharmacy.

General Research Areas

Pharmacology, Toxicology and Environmental Health Sciences: neurotoxicology; immunology; inflammatory mechanisms of tissue injury; kidney injury; role of extracellular matrix in development and disease pathology; wound healing; nitric oxide biology; pulmonary toxicology, developmental toxicology; environmental health sciences; clinical toxicology

Medicinal Chemistry: design and synthesis of enzyme inhibitors and prodrugs; synthetic organic chemistry, structure activity relationships, medicinal chemistry

Pharmaceutics: design, development and evaluation of drug delivery systems; biopharmaceutics (drug formulation, drug transport); pharmacokinetics

Chemical Biology: cancer biology and prevention; regulation of tumor cell growth and differentiation

Pharmacy Practice: clinical studies; diabetes, seizure disorders, hypertension, geriatric pharmacotherapy and medication therapy management