Summer Research Opportunities: Science Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) Program at Amherst

Two programs provide summer research opportunities for Amherst College students:

  1. The 2021 SURF program involves an 8-week commitment and focuses on research in science, statistics, and mathematics fields. 
  2. The SRP program runs for 6-8 weeks and supports students in all areas of academic research.

Both programs are open to non-US citizens/residents. 

SURF Program

The 2021 SURF Program is an 8-week program, running from June 7 - July 30, 2021.

The SURF (Summer Science Undergraduate Research Fellows) Program provides opportunities for Amherst College students to immerse themselves in a hands-on, collaborative science research project for 8 weeks* during the summer. Research fellows work closely with their faculty mentors to design and execute their research project, and all Fellows take part in group educational and social activities. In early fall, Fellows present their findings at Amherst's annual poster session and are then encouraged to present their work at a regional or national conference. Fellows receive on-campus housing and a salary based on minimum wage, so pending hours reported, fellows are paid between $480 - 510 per week. (*In the event that the 2021 must go remote for health and safety due to the nature of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the program will be modified to 6 weeks. Candidates will be notified in time to decide whether or not they would like to continue in a remote version of the program.)

Summer 2021 SURF Opportunities

Are you a first- or second-year student considering a career in science or as a medical professional? A SURF  research experience may help you determine if this career path is right for you by providing you with valuable research skills, experience using state-of-the-art instrumentation and research techniques, and connections to a vibrant community of research scientists. Find out more about faculty research areas and Amherst's SURF program.

NEW THIS YEAR: We will be planning several live & recorded SURF panels with former SURF students and 2021 SURF mentors. Once these panels are scheduled, that will be posted here and in the Daily Mammoth.

Summer fellows have contributed to recent breakthrough discoveries at Amherst: “[Prof.] Hall...said his team’s experimental work arose out of interest from Amherst summer student researchers at a group meeting in 2011...”

Some SURF Fellowships are discipline-specific and include unique components. Learn more about specific funded SURF opportunities and their requirements. 

Students interested in applying to any of the fellowship opportunities below should complete the common SURF application before March 1, 2021. 

 Learn more about the SURF program: The 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience


Off-Campus Summer Research Opportunities:

Summer 2021 Teaching Experience for Undergraduates (TEU) program is now accepting applications for the 2021 summer programs in mathematics and science: While we are  planning on holding the Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates programs at Brown University and Trinity College during the summer of 2021, it is possible that we may not be able to hold these programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please watch the program web page for updates. The deadline is February 28, 2021 for both programs. Applications and recommendations may be submitted directly online.

Rice University - Paid Science and Engineering Summer Research Opportunities.  The goal of these programs is to provide early stage students first hand experience with cutting-edge research in a range of departments, including Biology, Chemistry, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, and more. These summer research experiences for undergraduate's (REU)'s are ten-week research-immersion internship programs at Rice University during the 2021 summer that provide research interns full-time financial support.  Students need not have prior research experience to be considered for these summer research opportunities. Bionetworks REU. Hosted by the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering (IBB); BioXFEL REU. Hosted by IBB; Planetary Habitability REU.  Interested students should visit: to begin their application.  Priority consideration will be given to students who apply by our priority deadline of February 15, though we will review all applications received by March 1.