Geisinger Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

The Geisinger Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) provides an exceptional opportunity for undergraduate students to conduct research under the mentorship of our nationally and internationally recognized scientists. This program is designed for undergraduates with a strong background in the sciences who are considering a career in biomedical research. Participants experience the joy of scientific discovery as well as the challenges inherent in scientific research while developing skills in scientific reasoning, research methods and scientific communication through interaction with our research staff. 

Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Biomedical and Translational Informatics - Students will work with our investigators to apply informatics methodology to link clinical data from the electronic health record to genomic data from the MyCode Community Health Initiative to make discoveries important to human health. Opportunities are available for self-identifying underrepresented minority students under a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.   
  • Center for Pharmacy Innovation and Outcomes- Students will gain insight into conducting health services research. Focus will be on medication use and adherence, innovative health care delivery models, and transitions of care. Candidates pursuing a degree in health-related fields should apply, with preference given to pharmacy students completing their P1 and P2 years.
  • Center for Translational Bioethics & Health Care Policy - Students will gain insights and experience with bioethics, law, and policy research. Students will develop a summer project culminating in a report. Candidates pursuing a degree in bioethics, philosophy, anthropology, behavioral science (with an interest in health applications), gender studies, STS, and public policy or candidates interested in pursuing law school are preferred.  
  • Environmental Health Institute - The mission of the Environmental Health Institute (EHI) is to understand how land use, the built environment, energy production and use, food systems and water systems may impact human health in central and northeast Pennsylvania. Previous EHI interns have worked on projects focusing on environmental epidemiology, including, but not limited to, primary data collection, data entry and literature reviews.
  • Genomic Medicine Institute - Students will work with the genomics team, including MDs, PhDs, and Genetic Counselors, to develop a summer project in clinical genomics with the option to choose from a variety of research opportunities.  Students will have the option to complete some job shadowing of genetic counselors or clinical geneticists as part of the internship experience.
  • Imaging Science and Innovation – Topic 1: Medical imaging application of machine learning and computer vision. Students will assist in large scale medical data and image cleaning, scrubbing and preparation; analyze, process and transform data using various techniques and build scalable predictive models. Topic 2: Cardiac imaging of sub-clinical heart disease. Students will work with a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in radiology, engineering, and image processing to quantify heart function from medical imaging in relation to factors such as health outcomes, genomics, or obesity. Experience with technical computing software, such as Python, R, or MATLAB, is preferred.
  • Molecular and Functional Genomics - Students will work with bench scientists investigating topics in genomics, functional genomics, developmental biology or cell signaling. They will have ownership of the project and provide a summary report at the end of the summer.

The Geisinger Clinic SURP is competitive, with acceptance based on grades, test scores, recommendations and stated career goals. You may apply if you are currently a sophomore or junior in a four-year college or university. No previous research experience is required; however, applicants should have taken appropriate course work prior to application.

Program features:

  • College sophomores and juniors are eligible for the 10-week program. (40/hours per week, paid)
  • To the degree possible, students are matched with research programs according to their stated interest and work on projects under the direct supervision of our staff and faculty.
  • Students are selected from diverse academic backgrounds. Past participants represent more than 150 colleges and universities in over 30 states.
  • Students may be provided opportunities to develop critical thinking skills through participation in a weekly journal club.
  • Students participate in workshops on ethical issues in research.

Interested students should send the application form and all required materials in one complete packet to Lisa Farr before February 2, 2018. (Only exception to the complete packet of materials is letters of recommendation; these may come directly from Professor/Academic advisor to Lisa Farr via email)

Any other inquiries please contact Lisa Farr: lafarr@geisinger.edu.