Yale SURF Program

Students will spend eight-ten weeks at Yale University, or a participating Leadership Alliance institution familiarizing themselves with the kind of work that they can expect to do in graduate school. Students immerse themselves in an academic, professional setting involving a working relationship with an on-site faculty mentor.

The SURF program is intended for students with a strong desire to pursue careers in research at the Ph.D. level. Through one-on-one collaborations, students gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentations. The program is particularly interested in identifying and providing research experience to talented underrepresented minority students, but all students who are U.S. citizens may apply. Preference is given to students completing their sophomore or junior years.

The amount of the award is $3000. In addition, housing is provided by the host institution, Yale or another participating Leadership Alliance institution. Students should have a 3.0 GPA or higher, have completed at least two semesters, and have at least one semester remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program.

MHC students should apply early if they are interested in this program. Before February 1st, your application should be submitted through Yale University's online application. In addition, students must apply for the UAF by February 22nd.

It is recommended that you try to identify a Yale faculty advisor, or an advisor at one of the other institutions, in advance. For more information  on requirements and eligibility, or to see a list of Leadership Alliance institutions, see the Leadership Alliance website.

If you are selected by the Leadership Alliance, you will be notified immediately and you should be prepared to provide a decision of your acceptance quickly after being contacted.

Questions?  Contact Katie Walker, Academic Deans Office