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Geisinger Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Are you an undergraduate student who’d like to do research with a Geisinger scientist mentor? The Geisinger Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is for you.

If you have a strong background in the sciences and you’re considering a career in biomedical research, you’ll find the joy of scientific discovery as well as the challenges of scientific research through SURP. And you’ll develop skills in scientific reasoning, research methods and scientific communication as you interact with our research staff.

SURP internships are available in the following areas:

Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute

Participate in ongoing and novel research projects that align with the Autism and Developmental Institute’s (ADMI’s) approach to investigating the causes and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders.

ADMI conducts research across a variety of disciplines, including:

  • Genetics
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology
  • Developmental medicine
  • High-performance computing

Take the opportunity to shadow our clinicians, including psychologists, behavior analysts, genetic counselors, developmental pediatricians and speech-language pathologists.

Center for Pharmacy Innovation and Outcomes

Gain insight into the sciences of implementation, dissemination, health services and outcomes research with a focus on population health pharmacy, medication optimization, adherence and pharmacy services.

Past projects have included:

  • The evaluation of naloxone prescribing
  • Understanding the process of medication reconciliation in community medicine
  • Evaluating pharmacists’ activities as part of an at-home team-based care program

You’ll participate actively in investigation, bring a positive attitude to the team and present materials in an end-of-summer symposium. And if your work is outstanding, it may even be published.

If you have an interest in data analysis, health services evaluation, or qualitative and/or quantitative evaluations, be sure to apply.

Genomic Medicine Institute

Work with the genomics team, including MDs, PhDs and genetic counselors, to develop a summer project in clinical genomics. You’ll have the option to choose from a variety of research opportunities.

Take the opportunity to shadow genetic counselors or clinical geneticists as part of your internship experience.

Molecular and Functional Genomics

Work with scientists using a combination of lab-based experiments and computational approaches to investigate the role of gene expression, cell signaling and genetic variation in health and disease.

This work uses “wet lab” techniques as well as advanced bioinformatic methods that leverage detailed genetic data on approximately 175,000 clinic patients and their extensive clinical traits captured from electronic health records. A major goal is to identify genes and genetic variants associated with specific disease areas and identify therapeutic targets.

You’ll be assigned a specific project and provide a summary report at the end of the summer.

Applying for SURP

The Geisinger Clinic SURP is competitive, with acceptance based on your grades, test scores, recommendations and stated career goals.

You may apply if you’re a sophomore or junior currently enrolled in a four-year college or university. No previous research experience is required, but you should have taken appropriate course work before you apply.

Program eligibility and features:

  • Students entering their undergraduate sophomore and junior years, as well as • pharmacy students in their first two professional years are eligible.
  • Paid program: $11.50/hour, 40 hours per week, running from Tuesday, May 31, 2022 – Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.
  • As possible, students are matched with research programs based on their stated interest and work on projects under the direct supervision of staff and faculty.
  • Students are selected from diverse academic backgrounds.
  • Students are responsible for their housing accommodations and transportation for any in-person internships.
  • Some internships (TBD) may be remote.
  • Geisinger does not sponsor OPT for this short-duration summer internship.
  • Geisinger does not participate in e-verify.

Interested? Here’s how to apply:

Send your completed application form and all required materials in one complete packet to Lisa Farr at

A few notes on applications:

  • Letters of recommendation do not have to be included in the complete packet of application materials. They may be emailed directly from your professor/academic advisor to Lisa Farr.
  • Applications will be accepted through Feb. 1, 2022.
  • Late submissions/materials will not be accepted.