Summer Undergraduate Research fellowship creates leaders in drug discovery and development


July 20, 2018

2018 SURF students
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For undergraduate students interested in pharmaceutical research and lab experience, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) is the perfect opportunity.

Created in 2007, SURF focuses on creating future leaders in drug discovery and development through hands-on, in-lab experiences. Originally a university sponsored program, the College of Pharmacy adapted the fellowship specifically for sophomore and junior students with an interest in pharmaceutical sciences.

Throughout the summer, students work alongside experienced faculty members in the College of Pharmacy on research projects in their area of interest, including pharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmacy practice, medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy. In the past ten years, more than 70 students have participated in this experience, bringing what they have learned from their different majors into the lab.

At the end of the fellowship, students present their findings to their peers and faculty members, showcasing what they learned during the ten week experience. While the fellowship ends in late July, the student’s research doesn’t have to. Many SURF students continue to work with their research mentor on their projects.

“As someone who knew they wanted to work in a lab doing research, but didn’t know where to start, SURF was a great opportunity,” Adam Ard, fourth-year chemistry major and 2018 SURF student, said. “I’ve been lucky enough to get involved in cancer research and work with an awesome mentor, all while growing my portfolio for graduate school.”