Division of Science

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The fellowships were first awarded in 2012. Each student receives a stipend of $6,000 to support their participation in undergraduate research for the summer. Projects are usually ongoing in the laboratory and typically result in a senior honor thesis.

The fellowships, awarded through an annual competitive process, are supported by gifts primarily from Brandeis alumni. Starting in 2020 and 2023, grants from the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the Cele H. & William B. Rubin Family Fund, respectively, have supported fellows working at Brandeis

Students present their work at SciFest, our annual poster session showcasing the work of undergraduates doing science all over the campus. 

The 2024 Summer Research Fellowship (SURF) application will open December 12th, 2023. The deadline is February 14th, 2024. Fellowship offers will be extended in early March.

Applications are now closed.

Alumni Outcomes

As of February 2022, of the 83 supported students who have graduated, we know that:

  • 35 are PhD students;
  • 7 are combined MD/PhD students;
  • 7 are MD students; and
  • 1 DVM

Thirteen additional students are currently working in science research assistant/technician jobs. Most of these former students will go onto graduate school.

Graduate Schools

The schools that our former supported students are currently attending include:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Brown University
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Harvard University
  • Cornell University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Tufts University
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • University of Michigan
  • Dartmouth College
  • Yale University
  • University of Minnesota
  • New York University
  • Caltech
  • University of New Mexico
  • Emory University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Massachusetts Medical
  • Washington University, St Louis
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of Maryland
  • The Rockefeller University
  • University of California, Santa Barbara