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VGTI Florida® - Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
VGTI Florida offers a Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program to qualified undergraduate students interested in a career in the life sciences.
Our fellowship program is designed to give selected undergraduate students the opportunity to work directly with Principal Investigators and the scientific staff at VGTI Florida. The program will pair students with a VGTI Florida scientific mentor and will provide an environment to promote educational and research activities for the fellows. The fellows will be expected to conduct a research project during the summer for an eight-week period and they will be required to present the results of their project in a public forum at the conclusion of their fellowship.
Funding for the SURF program is provided by generous donations from the public, providing support to help grow the next generation of scientists. To make a contribution to VGTI Florida's community outreach projects, please contact Douglas Calder at (772) 345-5637 or .
The program is open to students currently enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program who have completed at least the equivalent of two years of college and are currently pursuing a four-year degree.
All applicants must be in good academic standing as evidenced by the submission of a current official transcript.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
Applicants that are not US citizens must have a current visa with authorization to receive compensation. All other applicants must possess a valid social security number.
Each fellow will be assigned a faculty mentor to serve as the coordinator of research activities of the fellow during their involvement in the program. A project will be defined by the faculty mentor in conjunction with the fellow and a clearly defined plan of action will be developed for the research activities of the fellow. Fellows are not required to provide any direct services for VGTI Florida in return for their fellowship. All data generated by the fellow during their stay at VGTI Florida will belong to the faculty sponsor and any publications that may result from that data will include the appropriate acknowledgments of the work contributed by the fellow.
Compensation and Housing
Compensation for the fellow is $3500 for the eight-week program. Housing will be the responsibility of the fellow.
To be considered for a SURF fellowship by the selection committee, the following materials must be submitted with the completed application for this program either by email or direct mail to the address below.
- Official copy of college transcript
- Three (3) letters of reference (at least two must be from faculty at the applicant’s institution)
- Brief (one page) essay outlining the applicant’s experience and reason for interest in the program.
- Complete Application Form (Click Here to Download)
- These materials should then be mailed to:
VGTI Florida SURF Program
C/O Dr. John Schatzle -
9801 SW Discovery Way
Port St Lucie, FL 34987