Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

Summer Undergraduate Resaerch Program in Molecular and Quantitative and Computational Biology

Each summer, the Department of Molecular Biology, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, and the Genentech Foundation provide intensive laboratory research experiences to a select group of undergraduates chosen from a nationwide pool. Each student joins a world-class research group—headed by a Faculty member and carries out an original research project. Participants are immersed in a culture of close collaboration with other undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty, and thereby experience first-hand what it is like to be a scientist. Over 77% of former participants have since pursued degrees in PhD, MD, or combined MD/PhD programs. 

Applicants must be current undergraduates, US citizens or permanent residents, who are attending a US educational institution.

Questions? Please feel free to contact us at

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows in Chemistry (SURF-C)

The Department of Chemistry offers a research experience program for both Princeton and non-Princeton undergraduate students who are currently or plan to major in Chemistry. 

This selective program provides unique laboratory experiences for qualified undergraduates, placing each student into research groups directed by our well-respected Faculty. For nine weeks the undergraduate summer researcher becomes part of the group, working side-by-side with post-docs, graduate students, and other undergraduates. Each student has the opportunity to play a part in cutting-edge research and be a contributing member of the research team.

In addition to the valuable laboratory experience, each summer student participates in research discussion groups and safety training, and has the opportunity to participate in social activities with SURF students from other departments, summer field trips, including an industrial chemistry laboratory tour, and an end-of-summer research poster session.

This program will run for eight weeks, from 8 June 2020 - 31 July 2020. All program participants are expected to complete the full eight weeks of the program, including all mandatory activities. 

The program coordinator, Susan VanderKam, may be reached at 

PNI Summer Internship Program

Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) is offering a summer internship program for highly motivated undergraduates, providing education and hands-on research experience in the field of neuroscience. Participants will closely collaborate with students and faculty at PNI on original research projects, and thereby gain invaluable first-hand experience on what it is like to be a neuroscientist. Summer interns will also participate in group educational activities, including weekly foundational overview lectures from PNI faculty, lab meetings with the researchers with whom they will work, journal club reading groups, plus special forums on topics such as career advice and graduate school application preparation. 

Applicants must be current undergraduates, US citizens or permanent residents, who are attending a US educational institution. The program offers a competitive stipend and covers travel and housing expenses for visiting students. The PNI welcomes and encourages applications from those who identify themselves as belonging to groups that have been historically underrepresented among researchers in the sciences. For the official federal designations of these groups, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.

Contact Ed Clayton here with any application questions.

Important Note: 

Princeton University is a Leadership Alliance Summer Research - Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) research site. Eligible students should apply to the above Princeton summer programs directly through the Leadership Alliance  SR-EIP application process, starting November 1, 2018.  

Applicants should also apply directly to the program HERE when the applications become available fall 2018. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the programs directly.